The Invitation is an American horror thriller film directed by Karyn Kusama. The film was released on April 8, 2016 and is one of the finest work of the director. Most of the reviews call the film ” a slow and boring ” film but looks like they are completely mistaken.
The film takes it’s time to make the audience first misunderstand what’s going on and then it gives a second flash when everything goes wrong. The best part of the film is it’s unsettling ending which is crafted brilliantly in the screenplay.
Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, and Emayatzy Corinealdi acted a great performance although it could have been better.
The Invitation is about a man named Will who has been invited to a dinner party at her ex wife’s house after two years since they last saw each other. He takes her girlfriend Kira there and some old friends are also present.
Soon as the film becomes bits of conversation of old buddies, Will starts realizing that his ex wife has a more haunting reason to invite him to the party.
The direction by Karyn Kusama is nice and places this film as one of the best horror thrillers of the past decade. The screenplay and cinematography are perfect.
The writing of this film is strong as it gives us flashbacks of what happened to Will & Eden in the past and also a suspenceful doubt going on in Will’s mind about the dinner party.
If you like horror films without a ghost, this is definitely the one you should check out. It comes into the psychological thriller genre also.
For those of you who have already watched the film, here’s a spoiler explaination if you didn’t get it the first time.
Will gets invited over by Eden and David ( Eden’s new husband ). It’s been two years since they last saw each other. The divorce happened because their child died of a mistake and Eden tried to commit suicide.
Eden went to Mexico with David where she joins a cult called The Invitation. This cult believes that the only way to cure human sufferings is death. They both were choosen for a plan that is basically a massacre.
The killings start after the dinner when only Will, Kira and their friend Tommy survived. They all kill David and his friends while Eden shoots herself to death.
When they come outside the house they realize that , the happening with them was just one of a thousand others going on in the same night. The lantern shown in the last was a sign David used to show the cult members in the Helicopters that killing is going on in the place.
The ending of this film makes it look larger than what we actually thought from the start. It makes this film a lot more scarier and horrific when we see a lot of houses with the same lamps. You can watch The Invitation on Netflix.