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The Invitation (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 8 April 2016 (USA)
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While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.

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Will and Eden were once a loving couple. After a tragedy took their son, Eden disappeared. Two years later, out of the blue, she returns with a new husband... and as a different person, eerily changed and eager to reunite with her ex and those she left behind. Over the course of a dinner party in the house that was once his, the haunted Will is gripped by mounting evidence that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda. But can we trust Will's hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?

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There is no darkness. Just reunion. See more »


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$67,739 (USA) (8 April 2016)

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$231,703 (USA) (24 June 2016)
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The director and the writers had complete creative control on the film, as it was independently produced without any involvement from major studios. See more »

Quotes

Will: You look different, Edie.
Eden: I am different. I'm free. All that useless pain, it's gone. It's something anyone can have, Will, and I want you to have it too.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Shut in and Arrival (2016) See more »

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Baby You're Gone
Written by Craig Wedren and Benjamin Newgard (as Benjamin L. Newgard)
Vocals, Harmonica and Percussion Performed by Craig Wedren
Guitar Performed by Benjamin Newgard (as Benjamin L. Newgard)
Published by Modern Works and Benjamin L. Newgard (BMI)
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Incredibly tense, oddly realistic
26 May 2016 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the score for this film. It doesn't do it any justice, and some of the reviews I've read here don't make valid points in my opinion. So, I felt I owed this film my own review.

First of all, the tension: man this thing has a killer build-up! You could call it slow (if you're a Transformers kind of guy), but it never gets "boring". You're on the edge of your seat from the moment the film starts, partly due to a very subtle but creepy soundtrack, which reminded me of sound effects in some of David Lynch's movies. Adding to that is the fantastic performance of Logan Marshall-Green as the tormented Will. He, and the events that follow, will keep you guessing about his mental health and whether his paranoia is justified or not, almost until the end. Michiel Huisman plays the very smooth and lulling host to great effect, and the rest of the group of friends is also very believable and natural.

THE scene (no spoilers, you'll know which one I'm talking about when you see it!) was so well done I really had the feeling I was there. It all happens so slow, so eerily apropos, and so jaw-droppingly unexpected that you really get the feeling of "oh my, that could be me out there". The little twist in the last couple of minutes is the cherry on the cake, and makes you even more uncomfortable than you already were.

This is a case of an "ignore the scores, just watch it already!" film, and I hope you enjoy it every bit as much as I did!


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