The Guest

The Guest ★★★★

While "The Guest" is a preposterous thriller that leans a little too heavily on formula at times, this film is top-drawer B-level entertainment. You've got a sexy, charismatic lead in Dan Stevens (seriously, those eyes, I couldn't look away!), tight pacing that leaves no trace of fat whatsoever, and impeccable execution from Adam Wingard and his crew.

"The Guest" really looks great, and I credit Wingard for setting up the pieces nicely in gorgeous locales and uniquely designed interiors. The story is extremely simple, but it does the trick -- "The Guest" is nothing more than a genre piece, and it excels beautifully at what it's going for.

It reminded me in tone, feel and execution of Mostow's "Breakdown," even though the plots are nothing alike. They are both muscular, lean thrillers with a threadbare story that stretches credulity but absolutely works.

As I've said, "The Guest" is not perfect, but the film's strengths far outweigh its weaknesses.

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