Intruders

Intruders

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Cast: Clive Owen, Carice van Houten, Daniel Brühl

     
 

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A mysterious beast stalks innocent children in this thriller from Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. In the 1980s, Juan (Izan Corchero) is a young boy with an active imagination and a talent for writing stories. However, he is being terrorized by a strange creature that lurks in his room

Overview

A mysterious beast stalks innocent children in this thriller from Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. In the 1980s, Juan (Izan Corchero) is a young boy with an active imagination and a talent for writing stories. However, he is being terrorized by a strange creature that lurks in his room late at night and doesn't seem to have a face. Juan's mother Luisa (Pilar Lopez de Ayala) is skeptical at first, but comes to believe demonic forces are at work and asks a local priest (Daniel Bruehl) to chase the spirits out. However, it soon becomes obvious Satan is not the one to blame for the horrible visits. Three decades later, John (Clive Owen) and Susanna (Carice van Houten) are the parents of Mia (Ella Purnell), a 13-year-old girl. John is fiercely protective of his daughter, and when she's attacked in her room late one night, he's determined to find whoever or whatever is responsible. As it happens, Mia is being visited by Hollowface, a monster similar to the one who was stalking Juan, and he's just as difficult to frighten away. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's first directorial project after his commercial breakthrough with 28 Weeks Later, Intruders was an official selection at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Aside from rude cell-phone owners and overpriced concessions, one of the most frustrating aspects of being a movie lover is sitting through a film in which all of the factors -- acting, direction, cinematography, costumes, and set design -- come together except for one. When the potential onscreen is plain to see, yet one nagging component prevents it all from creating a satisfying whole, it can be worse than watching a movie that's downright terrible. The eagerly anticipated follow-up to his breakthrough film 28 Weeks Later, Intacto director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's third feature scores on every front but the screenplay. And more disheartening than failing completely, the worst part is that it feels like writers Nicolas Casariego and Jaime Marques were merely a draft or two away from crafting a clever, inventive supernatural-psychological thriller -- if only they'd taken the time to flesh out their ideas a bit more, Intruders could have been the kind of sleeper that steadily gains a loyal audience thanks to strong word of mouth. A shadowy figure terrorizes two children in different countries as their parents face the daunting task of exorcising a demon that displays no fear in its determination to claim the young innocents. Attacked in his bedroom by a faceless, hooded specter who nearly drags him to his death, young Juan (Izan Corchero) begs his mother Luisa (Pilar Lopez de Ayala) to protect him from the vicious shadow. But the harder Luisa and a local priest (Daniel Bruhl) work to vanquish the demon, the more apparent it becomes that Juan's imagination may be getting the best of him. Meanwhile, far away in another country, 13-year-old Mia (Ella Purnell) discovers a handwritten story about a ghost named Hollowface, and claims authorship of it before reading it aloud to her terrified classmates. Soon thereafter, the same figure stalking Juan appears in Mia's closet, mounting a nightmarish midnight attack as her parents John (Clive Owen) and Susanna (Carice van Houten) fight to protect their daughter. Later, when Mia loses her ability to speak, her doctor makes a shocking discovery about the elusive cloaked figure that hunts her from the darkness. As the mystery of Hollowface unfolds, there's little question that a respectable amount of talent went into making Intruders: The cinematography is handsome, the ghost-attack scenes are spooky and well-executed, and a daytime scene atop a towering construction site keeps the suspense high even when we're not peering into the darkness in search of menacing figures. Yet despite some tense sequences and inspired imagery, the stilted pacing as we jump back and forth between Juan and Mia's stories prevents the movie from ever really hitting a compelling stride. Likewise, the mythology of Hollowface feels too threadbare to truly take root in the film's reality, and the resolution comes off as decidedly anticlimactic after a methodical buildup that demands patience and close attention on the viewer's behalf. Though solid performances from an all-around talented cast keep us rooting for the characters, Casariego and Marques' almost-there script prevents us from losing ourselves in the story enough for it to really hit home. Intruders isn't an awful film, but after Fresnadillo's impressive debut and his strong work with 28 Weeks Later, it's hard not to see it as a disappointment. Here's hoping the next time the emerging director gets behind the camera, he's got the screenwriting talent to back up his impressive vision.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2012
UPC:
0687797135995
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
R
Source:
Alchemy / Millennium
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
71,572

Special Features

Featurette Behind the scenes Previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clive Owen John Farrow
Carice van Houten Susanna "Sue" Farrow
Daniel Brühl Antonio
Pilar López de Ayala Luisa
Ella Purnell Mia
Izan Corchero Juan
Kerry Fox Dr. Rachel
Héctor Alterio Actor
Adrian Rawlins Actor
Michael Nardone Actor
Mark Wingett Actor
Peter McNeil O'Connor Actor
Mary Woodwine Actor
Lolita Chakrabarti Actor
Ralph Ineson Actor
Adam Leese Actor
Raymond Wearing Actor
Ella Hunt Actor
Imogen Gray Actor
Roque Banos Conductor

Technical Credits
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Director
Ricardo Garcia Arrojo Executive Producer
Belen Atienza Producer
Shaheen Baig Casting
Alain Bainee Production Designer
Roque Banos Score Composer
Aitor Berenguer Sound/Sound Designer
Nacho Ruiz Capillas Editor
Nicolas Casariego Screenwriter
Enrique Chediak Cinematographer
Esther Cocero Casting
Jesus de la Vega Executive Producer
Mercedes Gamero Producer
Tatiana Hernandez Costumes/Costume Designer
Enrique Lopez Lavigne Producer
Jaime Marques Screenwriter
James Munoz Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Intruders
1. Opening Credits [9:48]
2. Curious Cat [7:56]
3. Hollow Face [7:52]
4. Nightmare [10:07]
5. Scared? [9:07]
6. No Foul Play [5:54]
7. Things I Imagine [7:36]
8. She''s Alright [8:37]
9. Folie a Deux [6:37]
10. Nice Room [11:20]
11. I Know [9:27]
12. End Credits [5:25]

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