Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Perfect Host (2010)

Director: Nick Tomnay

Writers: Nick Tomnay, Krishna Jones

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Home invasion
Recommended To: Fans of the genre or David Hyde Pierce

Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce)- The perfect host
Clayne Crawford (John Taylor) - Bank robber
Simone (Megahn Perry) - Clayne's accomplice
Cathy Knight (Helen Reddy) - Warwick's nosy neighbor

Synopsis: A bank robber on the run cons his way into the upperclass home of a fashionable gentlemen preparing to host a party. When his ruse is discovered, he finds the tables turned.

The Ramble:
Not every movie needs to be great to be enjoyable. The less you know going into the film the better. It sells itself as classier variant of Last House on the Left, with the criminal finding himself at the mercy of a supposedly normal home owner, but that's just the beginning. There are twists and turns that follow that should keep you guessing throughout. Admittedly the film's logic is tenuous at best, and requires some suspension of disbelief, but by the time things get out of hand the film had earned enough of my good will that I was able to give the story some leeway.

The best part of the film is David Hyde Pierce, chewing the scenary as a demented Niles Crane. Yes he is typecast to a fault here, but he has fun with the material.

The film is available on Netflix for instant download, and worth your time if this particular niche is your thing (though I'd be remiss if I didn't steer you towards the far, far superior Sleuth with Lawrence Olivier and Michael Caine). If not, I can't say you'd be missing much by giving it a pass.

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