Film review: The Invitation

I’ve been wanting to watch The Invitation since I first saw it listed as one of the best films on Netflix, and the other night, I finally got around to doing it.

I was not disappointed.

The Invitation stars Logan Marshall-Green as Will, a man who has endured incredible hardship in his life since he and his ex-wife lost their son. Will and his girlfriend, Kira, played by Emayatzy Corinealdi, get invited to a dinner party in his old home, where his ex and her new husband currently reside.

Granted, it is pretty odd to attend a dinner party in your old home, occupied by your ex and her new husband, where your son died. However, Will and Kira attend because their old friend group is also invited, and Will hasn’t seen these people since the passing of his son two years prior.

Will’s ex, Eden, played by Tammy Blanchard, and her new husband, David, played by Michiel Huisman, are thrilled to invite their good friends to their home for the dinner party, however, Will quickly becomes suspicious of the couple’s motives in hosting the dinner. He attempts to voice his concerns to the other guests, though no one believes him.

Eden and David quickly make their involvement with a cult know to their guests, and the atmosphere of the dinner party quickly turns dark. I won’t give anything major away, but good Lord do things ever get crazy real quick.

The film is depicted in such a curious way, between camera angles, music and sounds, and the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat from the moment it begins. I thought it was extremely well done, and I would absolutely watch it again.

If you’re into thriller films, this one is for you. I didn’t find it scary, but rather, intense, and it’s sure to get your heart pumping.

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