The Invitation (2015) Movie Review

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The Invitation (2015)

2015 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
100 minutes / 1h 40min

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The Invitation Plot Synopsis:

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?

The Invitation (2015) Review

The Invitation (2015) is an American thriller horror movie that is 98 minutes long and was filmed in Los Angeles, California, USA. Director Karyn Kusama (Æon Flux (2005), Jennifer’s Body (2009), Girlfight (2000), Speechless (2013)) did an incredible job directing her fourth full-length movie. She shines in this movie by displaying her beautiful directorial skills. The movie contains chilling moments that will bring all sort of thoughts to your mind. It also contains great suspense, brutal scenes, friends, betrayal, intense moments, and violence.

The Invitation is about a married couple in Los Angeles, California, who got divorced after their son passed away. Will’s ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard - Moneyball (2011), The Good Shepherd (2006), Into the Woods (2014), Guiding Light (1952)) moved away with David for about 2 years to Mexico and now returns. She throws a dinner party to get together with everyone she left behind and hasn’t seen. Will (Logan Marshall-Green - Prometheus (2012), Devil (2010), Brooklyn’s Finest (2009), Across the Universe (2007)) and his girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) does not want to go but feels obligated to do so. Eden brought back her friends Sadie (Lindsay Burdge) and Pruitt (John Carroll Lynch) from Mexico with her. She met her new friends at a retreat in Mexico that help people to get over and/or deal with grief. The other strange thing that Eden and her husband David (Michiel Huisman - World War Z (2013), Wild (2014), Black Book (2006), De co-assistent (2007)) brought back was something called The Invitation. Eden and her guy wants everyone to join The Invitation which is some sort of cult that teaches you how to forget the tragic situation you have faced and how to move past it because there will be wonderful things waiting for them in the next life. You will change once you accept The Invitation, and you will see life in a new way. Watch this movie to see what happens if you choose not to join The Invitation.

The movie presses on a real matter in today’s society where we see people getting into new lifestyles that are introduced to them by someone else or the internet. They feel it is a way to heal themselves from whatever the circumstance is. This movie is by far not another cult movie as it stands alone by itself in so many different ways. It shows us how quickly people get angry when religion is questions or mentioned. I kept thinking about this movie since I saw it and how it plays well on our world today. The entire cast did an excellent job with their roles. This is one of the best horror thriller movies I have seen within the last few months and recommended it to all horror fans.

  • The Invitation Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.74
  • IMDB: 6.7
  • MetaCritic: 7.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.7

About The Invitation 2015

Title: The Invitation
Year: 2015
Runtime: 100 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Reviewer: Score: 4 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.87/5 stars from 62,855 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 62,855 MPAA Rating: R
The Invitation Cast Starring: John Carroll Lynch, Toby Huss, Aiden Lovekamp, Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman, Marieh Delfino, Michelle Krusiec, Mike Doyle, Lindsay Burdge, Karl Yune, Jordi Vilasuso, Tammy Blanchard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Danielle Camastra, Jay Larson, Trish Gates
The Invitation Writers: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
The Invitation Director: Karyn Kusama
Box Office: $231,703
Production: Drafthouse Films
Language: English
Country: USA