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It has a decent setup and some effective creepy points in the story but...
anyone who is an M. Night Shamamammallalallaya... or however you spell his name, will kind of see
where this is going.
I have really enjoyed this movie...and not just because i'm a Clive Owen fan ! It is clever and well done, and i did i mention it was scary ? It kind of reminded me of Friedkin's Exorcist.
I thought it was original when you discover the origins of the demon/ghost and why he's here and haunting Clive's daughter
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Despite attempts to keep his family and home safe, Hollow Face's continued pursuit forces Farrow to get more desperate to solve the mystery and save his family. Its not a horrid film as far as one that deals with spirits though Mia writing Hollow Face's story and her narration at times early on in the movie is a nice touch.
It does have some creepy elements to it thanks in part to director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) who directs the U.S. and especially the Spanish speaking parts quite well. Its not really a perfect movie by any means but Owen is especially good as the father and the rest of the cast is at least acceptable. **1/2 out of 4 stars.
"There's this crazy person killing people. Maybe it's because of some wrong done to crazy person in the past, or maybe he's just crazy. We don't really know and we don't think the audience has enough brains to care. All we wanna do is show him killing a lot of people in some bizarre and gruesome way. So that you can tell our killer from all the other psycho killers, we'll have some hook, like he rips out their spines or sews their lips together or eats their eyeballs. Grossing out the audience will distract them from the fact that our movie really has no plot at all. If we give you a reason or make some attempt to tie it all together in the end, it will be really lame or we'll throw in some "twist" because we all want to make the next "Sixth Sense." But either you'll see our twist will coming within the first fifteen minutes, or it will make absolutely no rational sense to anybody who's actually been paying attention. But we don't really care, because we have nothing original to say and we know it."
But "Intruders" is a cut above that formula. It's a restrained and genuinely creepy film.
It follows two families being terrorized by a faceless intruder. The children involved seem to be reading a story about the intruder -- or are they creating it? -- that reads like just another urban legends kids tell each other at sleepovers. But soon the parents are drawn into the terror.
At first, we are not sure where the two stories intersect, but because the characters have substance and you believe in their relationships, you have no difficulty just letting it flow until the connection is revealed.
I don't want to give too much away. There is no big twist, just some really interesting storytelling. I highly recommend this film.
The opening scene of this movie casts a less serious mood than one would expect from an R-rated horror. Two children (one 12, one 8) living in different countries (England and Spain) are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them. Each child has found a convincingly similar story about the faceless fiend. Quickly quelling this immature storytelling notion is the disturbing faceless imagery of "Hollowface," our spectral intruder.
The parents of each child have their own passed-down methods of alleviating their children's fears: nostalgic children's books, burning an effigy (a bit extreme if you ask me), closing your eyes and counting to five--none of them seem to work. Then some strange things start happening with the parents, too: a near death experience for Clive Owen's work buddy and Juan's mom has some issues finding credibility claiming demonic possession.
The children's childish(?) fears worsen toward mania and the parents have difficulty handling their terror. But what happens when the parents start seeing the same thing? Both children's parents adopt increasingly paranoid, but protective, behavior. The British family turns to the police, the Spanish family to the church; both fail to find credibility in the parents' story which, in their mind, is a case of the children's story "infecting" the parents. When efforts to help these families inexplicably fail, they are considered crazy and/or psychological explanations are forced upon them.
Throughout the process the audience questions the notion of "Hollowface." Is it just a common term (i.e., a title like the boogeyman) used by some analyst through whose eyes we perceive this story (i.e., this movie's perspective). Or is the story told through the eyes of the children and parents? Or just the children? Or just the parents? Is the common element between both families--this specific, named villain with an unmistakable appearance--the clue that tells us that this is really happening to these people? Or is it just a device, a paralleling machination dreamt up by a screenplay writer or director to lead us into one sense of awareness and comfortable conclusion before pulling the rug out from under our feet?
The mystery is revealed to us, and gracefully so. However, I can't help but to disagree with the direction they chose thereafter.
All in all, a nice idea delivered too off-target to receive a serious endorsement from me.