Movie Review - The Wedding Guest (2019)
Patel has had a range of roles, including a bad guy in The Last Airbender (2010), but this might be the first time that he's playing a bad-ass, a tough guy who has the makings to be the lead in an action flick. His character doesn't start out that way. He plays a man named Jay who has traveled to Pakistan from London, England. He comes across as a twenty-something tourist, nice and unassuming. He's visiting the country to attend a wedding of a school mate. He doesn't speak Urdu, which is the main Pakistani language. The night before the wedding ceremony, the bride is kidnapped. She's stolen right out of her bedroom at gun-point. The question of the rest of the film is why was she taken and if she'll return safely.
She thinks that she can use the kidnapping as a way of escaping Pakistan and whatever restrictions or limitations that it might impose on her. However, her kidnapping also resulted in some trouble with the police. Now, the police are on the hunt and if she's found, she would have to return or confront her so-called friends and family who will wonder what happened to her, which she might not want to do. After a point, the film, written and directed by Michael Winterbottom (The Trip and A Mighty Heart), becomes about what Samira will trust to do and what she's willing to do to get away.
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Rated R for language, some violence and brief nudity.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 36 mins.
Available on DVD and VOD.