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64 out of 97 people found the following review useful:
Well worth a trip to the cinema!, 14 September 2011
Author: Shannon Mooke from Toronto, Canada
I'm not normally a fan of scary movies but the inclusion of Clive Owen
convinced me to give this film a look and I wasn't disappointed. It's
cleverly constructed & wastes no time setting up the creepy atmosphere
which lasts throughout. To some extent the storyline was predictable
however the interesting ending left me more than satisfied. Here's
hoping they never make a sequel as it's perfect as a one off
Try not to watch the trailer or read anything more than a brief summary and make your way to the cinema as soon as this one comes out as it's worthy of a cinema experience!
47 out of 71 people found the following review useful:
A welcome intruder., 1 February 2012
Author: Greenzombidog from United Kingdom
Two children from two different countries are seemingly haunted by the
same ghostly apparition. As the actions of this malevolent force begin
to intrude more and more on their lives both desperately try to be rid
of it once and for all.
The best thing about this movie is that it plays on fears and experiences that we have all had in our childhoods, the monster in the closet, the beast under the bed. Waking up in the night and hearing spooky sounds. It's these parts of the movie that are most effective in the scare stakes. Each time one of the children is cautiously peering over their bed sheets you know exactly how they are feeling.
Clive Owen as the father of the English girl is great. Playing the everyman role of the father fearing for his little girls safety is something he seems to take in his stride. The relationship between the father and daughter is very believable and helps towards the tension created later in the movie.
The other family's story a young boy and his single mother, I found distracted slightly from this story. Not that it's not interesting, it's just that I found the other story more interesting. The two do eventually collide and although you may see the twist coming before it's actually revealed it's still quite satisfying.
The feel and some of the imagery of Intruders brought to mind the 80's movie "paperhouse" which is a film I like and recommend if you enjoyed this movie.
The one real problem I had with the movie was the poor CG effects on the ghostly creature haunting the young boy and his mother. It seemed strange that they went with CG for one thread of the story and a much more convincing and creepier physical version for the other thread.
I did enjoy this film but I felt that it drifted a few times during the mid section. It's definitely one I could watch again.
37 out of 53 people found the following review useful:
Very decent supernatural and psychological thriller, 30 January 2012
Author: theycallmemrglass from United Kingdom
This film seems to have a very low key marketing and I haven't even
seen many critics reviews for it despite it already opening.
I found this to be a pretty decent supernatural bogeyman type thriller with some intriguing psychological twists and turns. The scares are sparsely spread but are effective when they do come. The storyline is quite compelling and is told in two completely separate strands whose only apparent connection is the bogeyman. It had me very engaged and a very creepy atmosphere is maintained.
The performance from all the actors including the children were good, nothing outstanding, just played to realistic levels. There isn't a lot of emotional weight to the characters but I cared about the child protagonists, who are victimised by the "Freddie Nightmare" style dream monster.
The last act is a good one but unfortunately, it was sloppily executed. The finale should have been more dynamic with a bigger impact on its revelations. Given the storyline, its a missed opportunity for the director. Also, there is a big chance you might see some twists coming due to the film's narrative giving too many clues, again a bit sloppy. I did see the revelations coming to an extent but there was still a twist that I didn't expect. I do like the story, its a satisfying one but the execution could have been much better which is a pity. Still the journey was an intriguing one, at times scary and definitely worth a watch.
22 out of 28 people found the following review useful:
Besides One Really Clever Plot Twist, "Intruders" Lacks Shock Value, 19 March 2012
Author: D_Burke from United States
A supernatural creature terrorizes a child, and the adults in that
child's life either dismiss the child's fears as nightmarish, or assume
the child has some sort of psychosis. This plot line has been done so
many times that it's amazing that adults in present-day movies don't
second guess themselves more often.
"Intruders" has a bit more of a clever twist to this tired horror movie story line in that the terrorized child, 12-year-old Mia (Ella Purnell), at least has an ally in her father John (Clive Owen), who has actually seen the being trying to harm his daughter.
The being, known to Mia as Hollowman, wears a dark hood and cloak that moves mysteriously in the air like something out of "The Matrix" (1999). The mysterious spirit has the shape of a man, but its face is completely obscured by its hood, making it look a lot like Bruce Willis in the underrated "Invincible" (2000).
The unwelcome visitor does not speak, but Mia somehow knows it does not have a face, and is willing to steal one from a child. Also, despite the plurality of the movie's title, there is only one intruder: this one.
Mia is apparently not the only child haunted by this creature. A much younger Spanish boy named Juan (Izan Corchero) also receives visits from it. The film intersects between the nightly terrors of Mia and Juan, and it makes you wonder what the connection is between these two children. Why did this spirit choose to haunt these two children in two different European countries (Great Britain and Spain), when there are millions of other children in this world whose face (or faces) he could steal? The way these two children's stories intersect is revealed late in the film in a twist I honestly did not see coming. Because it was so clever, I can't ruin it for you, the reader, either.
Unfortunately, it being a horror movie and a suspense thriller, the moments that were supposed to be shocking, and scary, weren't either. The film made the fatal mistake of making the music, which gradually got louder as a scary moment or a "gotcha!" part was approaching, ruin the overall suspense. By the time the mysterious hooded person appeared from out of the dark closet, the score felt more like a great opening act for a weak headliner.
The shock value of this film, or lack thereof, is even more unfortunate when you consider the superb cinematography and great acting from just about everyone involved. Clive Owen rarely fails to disappoint, and fortunately plays a parent who actually believes his petrified daughter.
I especially liked Ella Purnell, who is the kind of child actress who guys in their 20's look at and say, "In five years, she's going to be really hot!" Besides being strikingly beautiful, Purnell looks genuinely scared during the scenes with the creature in the hood, and she is very convincing as Owen's daughter in other less-intense scenes.
I also thought every scene with Corchero, as Juan, and his mother Luisa (Pilar Lopez de Ayala), scary or not, was done incredibly well. They played in good contrast to scenes involving John and Mia. Whereas John believes his daughter's problems are more than nightmares, Luisa believes her son, but uses words of comfort almost in vain. She tries to tell her boy it's only a bad dream, when she's really trying to convince herself. It's a fascinating paradox.
Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is best known to American audiences as the writer & director of "28 Weeks Later" (2007), the well-received sequel to Danny Boyle's acclaimed "28 Days Later" (2003). He definitely knows his horror films, which is why it's so disappointing that "Intruders" didn't live up to his previous effort. While great acting and a dark, eerie atmosphere strengthened this movie, it wasn't enough to scare me.
Putting it another way, I consider a great horror film one where my hands are covering my entire face except one eye, and two of my fingers are on standby to affix over that eye should a scary moment present itself. With "Intruders", throughout the scary parts, my hands remained at my sides.
22 out of 34 people found the following review useful:
A Hollow Intruder, 30 March 2012
Author: pozzible from United States
Ah, the twist! The "surprise ending", the "shocker", or lack there of.
There is an art to surprising people at the end of the movie that is
the lifeblood of films like this. This one, unfortunately, is dry. They
do a good job of setting up the scenes, making you thoroughly confused
before explaining everything. If you can make it that long, which you
might not be able to, it is a boring show and the pay off is somewhat
Now, the acting is top notch, Clive Owens does an very good job of playing father, and the supporting cast really commits to this movie. That said, it isn't enough to carry the film through the normal jumps and grabs while you just sit there saying, 'get on with it!'
17 out of 26 people found the following review useful:
Mediocre Screenplay and a Hollow and Messy Story, 18 May 2012
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In Madrid, the boy Juan is terrified by the monster Hollowface and his
mother is unable to protect him and summons Father Antonio (Daniel
Brühl) to exorcise the monster from their lives.
In London, the construction worker John Farrow (Clive Owen) is very close to his teenage daughter Mia (Ella Purnell). One day, Mia is spending the day at her grandparents' house in the countryside with her mother Susanna (Carice van Houten) and she finds a box with the story of Hollowface hidden in a tree. Sooner Mia sees the monster Hollowface in the closet of her bedroom and John defends her. When they are attacked for the second time, the security camera that John has installed does not show any intruder. Are Mia and John delusional?
"Intruders" is a disappointing horror film with a magnificent cast, beautiful cinematography, good CGIs but wasted in a mediocre screenplay and a hollow and messy story. Surprisingly there are viewers that seem to have liked this senseless film. My vote is three.
Title (Brazil): "Intrusos" ("Intruders")
9 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Good ideas....failed execution, 6 June 2012
Author: jesse-hitzroth from Canada
First off just a quick note, This is not a horror movie. I repeat this is not a horror movie but a drama with horror elements. Intruders is filled with some good ideas however the story and pacing fall flat on it's face. The movie tries to twist and turn the viewer with it's twist-ish ending but however it fails to create any emotion because it keeps certain details hidden from the viewer. The acting is okay throughout the film nothing great, but decent. however the one thing that kills this movie for me is the scene's where hollowface is all cgi. It's completely uncalled for and looks awful. I wish this movie could have been better but unfortunately it's lacking.
5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Spanish/British horror story about a desperate father who attempts to free his daughter from his deathly grip ., 10 October 2012
Intruders is a horror tale of possession in which two children in two
different countries are visited by the Hollow Face man who spreads fear
across the globe . There's a spooky faceless monster that has been
haunting the daughter of John Farrow (Clive Owen). This figure wants to
steal her face as she feels he has no identity of his own . John's
tried helping his daughter remedy the situation, but each night she
still gets a visit from this unwelcomed friend. Things get even
spookier once John sees this faceless creature. He's not sure if he's
going completely crazy or not, so he installs a security camera .
Though no one can see him , Hollow Face lurks in the corners,
desperately desiring love but only knowing how to spread fear and hate.
He creeps into the life of John Farrow after Farrow's beloved
13-year-old daughter Mia (Ella Purnell) is assaulted in their home .
The line between the real and the imaginary blurs as fissures start to
open within the family unit . It seems that no security measure can
keep Hollow Face out . Furthermore we're initially introduced to Juan
(Izán Corchero) a young Spanish boy who, on one rainy night, is
attacked by a strange spectre , known as Hollow face , being helped by
his mother (Pilar Gomez Ayala) .
The picture displays mystery, suspense, shocks, grisly terror and eerie scenes when the horrific creature appears . From start to finish the terror and spooky scenes are continuous until a striking ending . The film contains horrifying and hair rising images and a sinister, mysterious atmosphere . It has a couple of twists piled on top of one central twist concerning two children in different countries who are visited nightly by a faceless being and menaced by what seems to be a supernatural presence . Good performance by Clive Owen who stars as John Farrow, a father trying to protect his 13-year-old daughter from the evil entity known as Hollow Face . The acting from Clive Owen , Carice van Houten as his wife , Daniel Bruhl as a priest , Kerry Fox as a Doctor , Hector Alterio as an old priest is much better than the script . Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques' screenplay does something strange by the end : it actually removes the stakes of everything that came before with its trio of revelations that at first test and then demolish any credulity the movie had built up by that point. Both of whom manage to create some interest with their dual storytelling style . However , the picture is hampered by a partially fleshed out story that is mostly lacking in horror. Director Fresnadillo throws all of that away in exchange for a terror film without scares, originality or a pulse . Colorful cinematography plenty of lights and shades by excellent cameraman Enrique Chediak . Creepy and thrilling music adjusted to the horror film by Roque Baños .
Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto , 28 Weeks Later) isn't exactly a visionary director like the film bills him as, but he is good at approaching films with style and consistent moods . The director made an editing the film was a big challenge , it was a long, complex process because of the story's dual structure. The film will appeal to terror buffs but gets some decent scares with the apparition of the frightening faceless being who wants to take possession of the children.
8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
A Faceless Presence Haunts a Confusing Movie, 30 March 2012
Author: Chris_Pandolfi from Los Angeles, CA
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The perpetually frightening atmosphere of "Intruders" is continuously
challenged and ultimately defeated by a confusing structure, gaps in
logic, and a twist ending that raises more questions than it answers.
Before we know the real secret of the film, we must blindly work our
way through a plot that repeatedly blurs the line between reality,
dreamscape, and pure fantasy. When the secret is revealed, we're
somewhat disillusioned, as it forces us to reprocess the entire film
and come to the conclusion that it could not have unfolded the way it
did. That's assuming, of course, that I didn't miss something along the
way, which is certainly possible given the difficulty I had sorting
through facts, characters, and events. What really eats away at me is
that, short of me issuing a spoiler warning, I can't be any more
specific than that.
The film intercuts between two separate stories that will dramatically converge into one during the final act. What links them together during the first two acts is a shared brush with what appears to be a supernatural presence a hooded, shadowy figure known as Hollowface, so named because he quite literally has no face. He can also "tear away" someone else's facial features so that the person is left with a head that looks like a blank flesh canvas. Even before the twist, we're left to wonder if such a physical mutilation is literal or figurative, but I'll get into that later. He's noticed by two characters, both young. One is a boy from Spain named Juan (Izan Corchero), who can't be any older than six or seven. The other is a twelve-year-old girl from England named Mia (Ella Purnell).
Hollowface enters their lives in rather perplexing ways. In Juan's case, Hollowface slips in through an open window in the middle of a rainstorm; he tries to strangle Juan's mother, Luisa (Pilar Lopez de Ayala), only to stop when Juan enters the room and try to, I don't know, consume him. This leads to a physical altercation between all three, which then leads to a confrontation on the scaffolding just outside the bedroom window. After that, I'm not really sure what the logistics are. Hollowface continuously reappears in Juan's bedroom in the most ghostly of ways, although most of the time, the scenes end with Juan waking up screaming. Complicating matters further is the fact that all this started with Juan writing a story for a school assignment, one that didn't yet have an ending.
Mia's situation is even more baffling. Whilst visiting her grandparents' secluded countryside estate, she reaches into a hole at the top of a tree and discovers an old matchbox. Within this box is a folded piece of paper, one that tells the fairytale-like story of Hollowface. After returning home, she claims it as her own for a school assignment, although she's not sure how it ends, as that part of it was smudged out after years of sitting within the tree. She will repeatedly write things down, as if, I don't know, willing Hollowface into being. Sure enough, he continuously manifests himself from within her bedroom closet. At one point, he attacks her and appears to "rip off" her lips. And yet her lips remain. She does, however, lose the ability to speak. She then cryptically tells or, more accurately, writes down to her therapist that she knows Hollowface doesn't exist, but he thinks he does.
The only other person who can see Hollowface is Mia's father, John (Clive Owen), a construction worker. The bond between father and daughter is strong, which comes into question as the film enters its final act. Indeed, we also question the bond between Juan and his mother, who's perpetually frightened. We don't know why until the end, and even then, it doesn't make much sense given the sequence of events that take place. The single most bizarre inclusion is that of Father Antonio (Daniel Bruhl), who keeps reentering mother and son's life, presumably because he's attracted to Luisa. She requests something of him, something that, given what we learn at the end, doesn't seem all that likely. What did she think she would gain?
I understand how maddeningly vague this review has been, but the plot is constructed in such a way that I can't get into detail. Not that the details matter all that much; they only make figuring this movie out more difficult. To give credit where credit is due, "Intruders" successfully establishes mood and, initially, keeps you on the edge of your seat in suspense. I would have appreciated it, however, if the story had a better grasp of an understandable plot and more easily defined characters. It might seem like the ending provides you with an explanation, but in reality, it only makes the waters murkier. It's one of those resolutions that isn't a resolution at all a starting point for who, what, when, where, why, and how questions. The more explaining it does, the less sense it makes.
-- Chris Pandolfi (www.atatheaternearyou.net)
13 out of 21 people found the following review useful:
Tries so hard to be original but it is not., 11 April 2012
Author: Alex Vojacek from San Luis, Argentina
Well, OK, let me first start by saying the movie is not "bad".
If you want to go watch an OK to somewhat decent movie, this one is for you, but if your aspirations are any higher you should look for elsewhere.
The movie starts slow but surely it states it's points pretty quickly. An invisible invader haunts 2 different kids from different places, a little kid and a not so little girl. The movie flow nice with the script but the actual "fright" scenes are not very much so, in fact, I didn't experience any scare whatsoever through the movie, and this comes from a guy who after watching The Mothman Prophecies had to sleep with the lights on and had goosebumps for the whole duration.
Sadly, this one, for a scare-suspense movie, does the complete opposite, it's plain and quite hollow. We never really find the motive of the attacks, and the motives are vague to say the least.
The main problem with this one is that the "bad guy" is not scary and the scary scenes don't work, that's it and it's enough for a movie of this genre to fail.
If we take out this one little problem, the rest of the movie is OK, good acting and some good twists at the end, but, the main flaws are too big. Number one, lack of good scares, lack of sense of danger, bad timing and for the most important part, a lack of purpose for the attacks.
To add insult to injury, there are scenes so clichéd that bend on ridicule, I can't, for the life of me picture a scary movie where the parents LEAVE the children in the same bed where a monster just attacked them. The first time this happens, well, it's OK, it's movies you know, common sense don't apply, the fifth time it's ridiculous, I would sleep with my kids the first time this happens, does anyone there takes notices of this huge mistakes in common sense?
Recommended only for a casual viewing if you don't have anything more worth watching, if you want real suspense go watch Mothman Prophecies.
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