Beth Riesgraf, Rory Culkin, Jack Kesy
“…tries to do something different
Home invasion films run a fairly predictable and tight schedule. Nice family/person have their home life interrupted by not so nice person/people. Horrible things happen till credits, and then home for tea. See The Strangers, Knock Knock, and perhaps the daddy of them all, Funny Games.
Intruders’ nice person is Anna (Beth Riesgraf), a woman with such extreme agoraphobia that she can’t even attend the funeral of the brother that she’s been caring for. An utter recluse, with her sibling dead, her only friend is Rory Culkin’s Dan, the meals-on-wheels guy who visits. During her brother’s funeral, Anna is visited by burly men looking to rob her house. Unable to leave her home for fear of the outside, Anna has to fight off her intruders. And this is where Intruders turns left instead of right, for Anna appears pretty well equipped to deal with them. This turning of tables gives Intruders that little something extra for its audience to stick around for. Unfortunately, this feature length debut by Adam Schindler doesn’t know when enough is enough.
Midway through proceedings, a revelation raises its head that, whilst interesting, taints the plot as a whole; it’s like adding a tablespoon of hot sauce to a light soup. The curtain is pulled back on Anna and, as her secrets lie exposed belly up, Intruders starts to feel a bit cheap, cashing in suspenseful storytelling for garish sensationalism. It’s as if writers, T.J. Cimfel and David White, weren’t confident enough to leave Anna’s particular backstory under a veil. A little less exposition and a little more mystery would certainly have worked wonders. Intruders at least tries to do something different, and it does manage to keep things ticking over smoothly enough before ending everything on a literal bang.