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Intruders
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07.31.2012 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Actors:
Clive Owen
Daniel Bruhl

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two children, one in Spain, and the other in London, are stalked by a hooded demon called Hollowface- who their parents are powerless to stop. The London girl's father, John (Clive Owen) becomes obsessed with protecting his daughter against this monster everyone else is convinced doesn't exist, and in the process convinces his wife (Carice Van Houten), and the authorities that the biggest danger to his daughter may in fact be himself.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s INTRUDERS didn’t make a very big splash upon its belated theatrical release earlier this year. I actually caught it at last year’s edition of TIFF, and I knew then that it wouldn’t exactly be an easy sell to North American audiences. The cover art- with a faceless Clive Owen seems to be suggested some kind of psychological mindfuck a la Clive Barker, but that’s not at all what this is. Rather, it’s a leisurely paced psychological thriller- the ending of which will probably infuriate most viewers.

Still, I enjoyed it. Clive Owen’s one of my favorite actors, and pairing him with a director like Fresnadillo is a good move. Owen’s performance is superb, and if the ending’s tough to swallow- Owen still manages to pull it off reasonably well. However, when Owen's offscreen (with half the movie tlling a parallel story in Spain), INTRUDERS is far less effective- even if Danile Bruhl has a nice part as a pragmatic priest trying to help the Spanish boy chased by Hollowface. Fresnadillo’s talent behind the camera also means that we get a polished, good looking film- if it’s a little too ambitious for its own good.

THE EXTRAS
Not much here, other than some trailers , and two featurettes which are your run of the mill EPK's. Nothing special here.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
INTRUDERS actually reminds me a lot of another Millenium Films release- RED LIGHTS, which was another solidly crafted thriller courtesy of a Spanish director- that tried to pull off a game-changing twist ending that didn’t really work. However- INTRUDERS is still entertaining, and a good rental if you’re a horror fan.
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