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The Invisible Guest

The Invisible Guest (2016)

Contratiempo (original title)
Director: Oriol Paulo
Writer: Oriol Paulo
Cast: Mario Casas, Ana Wagener, JosÚ Coronado
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: Spanish

"A successful entrepreneur accused of murder has less than three hours to come up with an impregnable defense."

The Invisible Guest is a smart film that pulled me in right away and kept me interested for the most part. I went into this film completely blind and that's the way I think it's best watched. Why? It's first and foremost a crime mystery-thriller, and the enjoyment is trying to figure out who done it!

Right at the start of the film we get the murder of the girl in the photo, and that's too bad because she was really pretty. But don't worry as most of the story is told through flashbacks and we get to see her live again!

I liked the story premise of a retired jury lawyer expert, grilling the murder suspect who's under house arrest for a murder and has only hours to tell his story before he's arrested. That gave the film a sense of urgency that was ramped up by the ticking stop watch....damn good idea!...At the start of the film it seems like a clear cut case, and that he's guilty as hell. Or is he?

That's the beauty of the film, it has lots of twisting and turning plot developments as the suspect tells and retells his strange story. At the 18 minute mark I thought I knew who did it and how the movie would end...or so I thought!....Wow, was I wrong! and this movie really challenges you to pay attention to the details and figure out the puzzle. For people who love a who-done-it murder mystery, you'll be in nirvana.

Oh, I loved the opening title credits too....Yeah-yeah I know who cares about the credits? I do! Both the way the letters appeared and disappeared on the screen and the score, really set the tone for the movie and put me in the right frame of mind.

The film was beautiful shot and edited and avoided some of the usual overly-fancy camera work that has become du jour in the last few years.

Kudos to the casting department. These actors fit their roles like a glove, they seemed like real people and not actors. Perhaps the best casting was the older man who's the father of the missing kid.

If there was one thing I would change about this film is that towards the ending they included so many twist and turns, and so fast, that I got lost in what was happening and so the ending didn't have the emotional impact for me that it should have.