The Guest 2014

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Dan Stevens should be firing his CV straight to the producers of the James Bond franchise on the back of this tight-little B Movie in which he manages to maintain a dangerous presence till the final scene. Stevens plays David, a soldier freshly returned from the war and inveigling his way into the suburban household of teen Anna (well-played by Maika Monroe). Although the climax could have come from any number of genetically-modified soldier thrillers, the lead up is consistently subversive and rich in portent, as David’s violent abilities are revealed in several disconcerting scenes in which he defends Anna from corrupting local influences. A far more controlled film that director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barret’s You’re Next, The Guest doesn’t need the John Carpenter nods to announce itself as a promisingly taut thriller.

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