However, Tommy's safe haven is violated when the hooded figures track him down and break into his home. He's able to ward them off, but thanks to a belligerent local priest (James Cosmo) who's had dealings with the seemingly supernatural entities, he determines what they're after: his baby daughter. Tommy must thus overcome his anxiety to protect his child and uncover the truth behind the dark and demented beings that are haunting his every moment.
The End Result
The movie plays like therapy for writer-director Ciaran Foy, who himself suffered from agoraphobia after an unprovoked assault. It's as if he awakened from his ordeal in a dark, twisted Wonderland occupied by more pubescent versions of the feral baddies from David Cronenberg's The Brood. As you'd expect from someone who experienced the disorder firsthand, he portrays it with sensitivity and realism -- but without sacrificing the pace or the potency of the genre trappings. Citadel is a wondrous achievement for such a small, low-budget film. Beautifully lensed with intense performances, it's creepy and surreal, exhilarating and touching -- all characteristics the typical mainstream Hollywood horror movie struggles to attain.
- Acting: B+ (Emotional and involving.)
- Direction: B (Bleakly atmospheric, yet attractive.)
- Script: B (Unusually insightful for a horror flick, both on a personal level and on a societal level.)
- Gore/Effects: B- (Good makeup effects and creature design.)
- Overall: B (Haunting and poignant but not at the cost of thrills and chills.)
Citadel is directed by Ciaran Foy and is rated R by the MPAA for disturbing violent content, and language. Release date: November 16, 2012.