The Visitor


The VisitorMy first thought when The Visitor showed up from Netflix (I tend to forget about movies I add to Netflix and they show up and I have no idea what they are) was that it was a horror movie but it’s anything but.

The Basics: A lonely man by the name of Walter comes back to his New York apartment that he hadn’t been to in a while to find a couple staying there. It turns out that they were led to believe by a con-man that this was a furnished apartment for rent. Walter initially askes them to leave but when he realizes they have nowhere to go he invites them to stay.

The Good: There are so many good things about this film I don’t even know where to begin. The main character played by Richard Jenkins (you might know him from Six Feet Under) was such a wonderfully understated character that somehow you could feel every emotion he was feeling at every moment. I just adored the other characters especially Tarek (played by Haaz Sleiman) who had this personality that just lit up the screen and was such a genuine character and the mother (played by Hiam Abbass) who I just fell in love with. I wasn’t sure about the girlfriend Zainab (played by Danai Jekesai Gurira) at first but I realized she was just very untrusting for good reasons. Everything about this movie was really wonderful.

The Bad: There was nothing I didn’t like about this movie but some people might find it too slow. I liked the pace though, it moved in a very smooth direction.


  1. Gwen

    June 16, 2009 at 8:56 am

    The main character is Richard Jenkins. He’s a favourite of mine. Completely under appreciated.

    1. Robin

      June 17, 2009 at 10:43 am

      @Gwen, Thanks, I left the spaces in this to fix before I posted and forgot.

  2. Avitable

    June 16, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I remember seeing the previews for this. Looks excellent.

    1. Robin

      June 17, 2009 at 10:43 am

      @Avitable, it really is, let me know what you think if you see it.

  3. kapgar

    June 17, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I loved this movie with a passion. Great call.

    1. Robin

      June 17, 2009 at 10:44 am

      @kapgar, awesome! :thumbsup:

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