Michiel Huisman

REVIEW: The Invitation (2015)

the invitation movie posterWill (Logan Marshall-Green) and his girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corineadli) are invited to his former home by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and her new husband David (Michiel Huisman) for a lavish dinner party. But as the night progresses, Will can’t help but feel that something sinister is in the air.

The Invitation is a gripping and eerie film. You see everything from Will’s point of view so like him, you start to get the feeling that something is not quite right. The people gathered at the dinner party are mostly old friends who haven’t really seen each other for two years meaning there’s a lot of information about them that Will doesn’t know.

Throughout the film, there’s flashbacks and characters take moments to have private conversations which gives you all you need to know to piece together how all these people know each other and why they might not have talked for two years. The Invitation definitely doesn’t talk down to its audience which is much appreciated.

The Invitation is a film that slowly builds the tension. This is great as through the evening Will tries to fight his fight-or-flight instinct as he wants to be a polite guest even though he can’t help but feel something is very wrong. However, the film struggles to find that line between being a slow-building, interesting film and just being slow. You have an uneasy feeling and are just waiting for the other shoe to drop. It’s a long wait but when that shoe does finally drop, it’s a great payoff.

The Invitation is suspenseful thriller, set primarily in one location. It gives you a creepy feeling and will definitely make you reconsider when you next receive a posh invite to a dinner party. 4/5.