The Visitor Review
Ryan Revolver
11/1/2013

 

Opposing forces wrestle for control of 8-year old Katy (Paige Conner) and her mother Barbara (Joanne Nail). On one side of the fight is the mysterious entity not of Earth Jerzy Colsowicz (John Huston). His opponent: Raymond Armstead (Lance Henriksen).

 

If Damien from The Omen had a sister, it is undeniable that it would be Katy. The Visitor definitely has an Omen-esque vibe to it, but then is injected with other cinematic elements. Hell, the opening scene is as if Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas takes place on Tatooine.

 

The character lines are simple enough; everyone has a motive even if you are not informed of what that is till the very end. Who is the good guy and who is the bad guy in the scenario is hard to determine for the pendulum keeps swinging back and forth. One moment Henriksen seems a saint, the next he is a shadowy pawn and is not to be trusted. One moment Huston is clearly the baddie, then poof he is some noble protector. The last half of the movie might be slightly discombobulating, but stick with it. I don’t know what it is that is so funny about children uttering profanity to adults, more specifically police detectives, but it works here as Conner subjects Glenn Ford with her special rhetoric. Drafthouse Films continues to find unique tales for cinephiles out there, whether they are new or are getting a rerelease.

 

The Visitor - ★★★

 

Now playing in select cities with a VOD release set for February 2, 2014.


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