Thursday, September 18, 2014



Disclaimer: Language may be higher than 7th grade reading level
If you read all the way through, Congratulations, you're smarter than a 7th grader!

By Taylor S. - The recent release of The Guest proves to be an engaging thriller, if retribution is your angle, with some comedic bits, as evidenced by my fellow theatre goers who chuckled their approval in surround sound. It was an all out action-packed free for all of guns, drugs, murder and mayhem, starring the newly discovered Dan Stevens who performs an eerily perfect off kilter example of an ex-military man who has seen some classified shit in his day. Now, when I say newly discovered, I don't mean to imply that this is Dan Stevens first cinematic role. But, as this movie reviewer was IMDBing him, I shockingly realized that he is none other than the late Mr. Matthew Crawley of the BBC hit Downton Abbey. I had to do a serious double take, as I can assure you he does not have an aristocratic look or british appearance whatsoever in this film, but a gorgeously lethal american air to himself this time around. And boy did he play his part well as the fellow soldier of the Peterson family’s late son/brother, Caleb. He introduces himself as David, a recently released veteran visiting the family as a last wish to their son and his comrade in arms. His identity is verified through a photo sitting on the Peterson’s mantel of both he and their son in full military gear, proving that that knew each other. But how well did they really, or more importantly in what way?

Dan Stevens
The intent of his menacing stares are unclear upon his initial arrival, other than possible PTSD as so many soldiers are understandably prone towards. Which begs the question, why would someone let hospitality trump their own common sense when it comes to survival? Granted it would be impolite to call his superiors and verify his information with him in the room, but given that he is a trained killer it would be prudent to check him the fuck out before inviting him to stay with the whole family. This soldier definitely proves to have an admirable if not uncanny knack for survival. Given his condition which is definitely more than just pure combat memories, he does remain faithful to the family and does not intentionally harbor ill will towards them, just everyone else who disrespects them. One could say that he is just doing his utmost to be the perfect guest.

While entertaining and necessary for the conclusion of the character’s continuing story, the military’s attack or rather defense lacks some plausibility for the most part. When hellfire rains down upon a building in the form of bullets, any shooter worth his salt in ammo would understandably aim low at some point, as a man will surely crawl through hell and back to survive. But don’t fear moviegoers, I assure you I haven’t revealed any key plot points. To truly grasp the complexities of David (and he does that name justice as only Michelangelo could) one must obviously watch the film. His origin and conclusion are all revealed in a pleasurable showstopping showdown of a family trying to remember their lost loved one by engaging in the deadly acceptance of an essential stranger. I give this one four guns up.

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