4 years after his sci-fi scary function, “Annihilation,” writer-director Alex Garland took a sharp turn from the worlds of science fiction for “Guys.” Starring Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear in (multiple) lead roles, Garland’s folk-horror feature received a mixed-to-positive action from critics. General audiences, however, didn’t appear to care much for it.
The movie follows the just recently widowed Harper (Buckley), who rents a country home after the sudden death of her violent husband. The peaceful privacy of the countryside is ripped apart by unusual and scary encounters with the males of the local town, all played by Kinnear through costuming and digital effects. Garland’s narrative method to styles of gendered violence is a variety in the eyes of some critics, however it did receive appreciation for Buckley and Kinnear’s efficiencies in addition to its outlandish and disturbing visual direction.
Main production budget plan figures aren’t readily available for “Guys,” however with just $11 million at the worldwide ticket office, it’s not likely to have actually turned a pure profit. The director’s most recent successful feature was 2014’s “Ex Machina,” which landed a far more reputable $35 million from a $15 million budget plan. Where the movie blatantly failed to connect was with basic audiences. CinemaScore, a firm that appoints a movie a letter grade based upon movie theater audience ballot, returned an unpleasant D+. At Rotten Tomatoes, the audience score sits at 39 percent, contrasting with the 69 percent critic approval score.