“The Guest” is an unexpectedly good thriller that is full of surprises. It starts off as a heartwarming film about a former soldier who wants to help the family of his fallen best friend. His methods of aiding the family are questionable but we quickly cheer him on as we see his actions making a meaningful difference for this nice family. As the story unfolds, the underlying mystery behind the main character’s true identity escalates exponentially until things spiral out of control. This film gets pretty crazy but remains completely believable because of a strong setup from the beginning. The casting is perfect with Dan Stevens perfectly embodying the fit, intimidating military man. He delivers his dialogue in a way that always sounds sincere but also makes us question his motives. Maika Monroe is great opposite of him as she blends admiration with suspicion. Lance Reddick (you’ll recognize him from “Lost”) has the perfect look for the head of a government agency. The script is clever, the situation feels authentic, and the action will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. “The Guest” didn’t receive a lot of fanfare when it was in theaters but this is a film that will engage you from the very start and leave you satisfied in the end.
[Pictured: Who is this guy? He's the perfect blend of welcoming and intimidating]