The Invitation (2016)
Critic Consensus: The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective -- and surprisingly clever -- slow-building thriller.
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Critic Reviews for The Invitation
If you were at a creepy dinner party, and the hosts decided to show a video of their vacation in which they spent time with a crazy cult leader in Mexico, would you stick around for the main course?
Psychological thrillers just don't get any better than this.
Beautifully paced, the movie traces a steady arc from amiability to apocalypse.
John Carroll Lynch shares credit with a superb ensemble, but it's his halcyon turn as a pitiable demon that unifies the action.
All this foreboding produces no suspense: It's evident from the bloody prologue where "The Invitation" is headed.
Audience Reviews for The Invitation
The tension built up over the 90% of movie to meet its climax is simply tedious. I wish I was uninvited to the movie night ð???
Kusama's direction is excellent, especially in the way she explores the mise-en-scène and the geography of the house where the narrative takes place, and she knows very well how to create an uncomfortable feeling of unrest as we follow it from the point of view of its main character.
Persuasive performances, assured production and slow-burn approach all appreciated but the only tension this film provoked in me was not 'what will happen?' but 'when will this be revealed as a suicide cult and the frenzied stabbings and bludgeonings begin? The always excellent John Carroll Lynch and the scrawnily deranged Lindsay Burdge are so obviously flagged as an ogre and a crazed acolyte that you'd have never to have seen a lock-in horror before to experience the slightest doubt what is going on.
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|David:||Each one of us is on a journey and we feel it's important to be on this journey with the people you love.|
|David:||I'm so glad you're here. We have a lot to talk about. So much to say tonight.|
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