The makers of The Guest, the sexy romantic thriller directed by Christian Olayinka, must have figured that Nollywood was due for some sizzle; something mysterious and exciting to shake the entire industry out of its comedy induced stupor and deliver some sick shocks at the same time.
At this point, it is hard to envisage what exactly the film’s makers had in mind when they set about creating The Guest but the final cut is after all said and done, nothing to write home about.
Sure there is the potentially exciting turn by award winning screen diva Rita Dominic as the titular character straight from hell that is almost single-handedly responsible for all of the hype the film has received so far. Rita Dominic is indeed one of the most interesting movie stars working today and when she finds a role that is worthy of her talent, as she did in 2013’s The Meeting and last year in the historical epic ’76, she becomes a combustible presence on screen, one that is eminently watchable.
It is not hard to see how Dominic must have been attracted to The Guest. She must have relished the chance to play against type in a role that dials up the histrionics to the loudest of decibels. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned has always made for great characterisation and Dominic’s Nikki is only the latest in a line of cinematic femme fatales that include Glenn Close’s iconic Alexandra F ... Read Full Review