The Wedding Guest (2018 film)
|The Wedding Guest|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Winterbottom|
|Screenplay by||Michael Winterbottom|
|Music by||Harry Escott|
|Edited by||Marc Richardson|
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
Jay, a British Muslim hired gun, is hired to kidnap a woman at her wedding. The man prepares himself for a trip to Pakistan, using several passports and the clothes on his back. Once he arrives in Pakistan, he travels the country switching car rentals every couple hundred of miles and buying equipment he needs. He arrives at a wedding party and he kidnaps the bride, Samira. He puts duct tape over her moud, a hood over her head and throws her in the trunk of the rented car. But things go south when a guard witnesses the kidnapping, tries to intervene and Jay kills him.
Samira was expecting Jay, because it turns out that she was in an arranged marriage and she's in love with another man, her Indian boyfriend Deepesh. That's the reason Jay was hired for: to take her to Deepesh. But killing the guard causes complications and Deepesh quickly changes his mind about saving his girlfriend. Thus, Jay is stuck with Samira on the road to and across India. The woman proves him wrong by demonstrating that she's not a passive victim, but a smart woman who loves adventures and has different point of view. When Samira and Jay get to India, Deepesh tells that killing the guard had its consequences and that he no longer cares about Samira. So, Jay agrees to take her back to Pakistan for more money.
Later, it turns out that her kidnapping wasn't romantic at all, but more of a lucrative scheme involving Deepesh's family trade of diamonds. And that Samira and Deepesh are more scheming than Jay, being that both manipulate the man to get their way.
It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018. Shortly after, IFC Films acquired distribution rights to the film. It was released in the United States on March 1, 2019.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 43% based on 67 reviews, with an average rating of 5.61/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Wedding Guest makes a compelling argument for Dev Patel as an actor worthy of diverse leading roles, even if the movie's less than the sum of its action thriller parts." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 57 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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