The Intruders

00:00 April 03, 2012
By: David Vicari
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[Courtesy of Darius Films/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment]

Intruders

*** out of four

by David Vicari

Eight-year-old Juan (Izán Corchero) in Madrid is having vivid nightmares of a hooded figure coming for him. In London, an 11-year-old girl, Mia (Ella Purnell), is having the same terrifying dreams. Things escalate when Mia's father, John (Clive Owen), witnesses, then tangles with, a hooded figure that enters and attacks Mia in her room. Intruders (I know, crappy title, and I suspect it was changed from something more intriguing) doesn't rely on a lot of cheap "jump" scares, and it has no gore or even much of a body count. Now, there are some sub par digital effects and green screens, but thankfully the film doesn't rely on effects. It'smost effective when the camera is peering into darkened closets or down alleyways. Certain information is withheld from us until late in the film, but I never felt the movie was cheating. The movie works like a puzzle, coming together piece by piece. In the end, Intruders works as an effective chiller about childhood fears.

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