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Citadel (2012)



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Tommy Cowley lives a quiet life in a decaying apartment complex with his highly pregnant wife. The couple is attacked one day by a group of hooded young thugs, and after a shocking act of violence, Tommy is left to raise his newborn daughter alone. So shaken by the events that he's developed extreme agoraphobia, Tommy alternates days hiding out indoors in his new flat from imagined threats and intense therapy sessions aimed at bringing him back to normalcy. When the same hooded gang, seemingly intent on kidnapping his daughter, begins terrorizing his life again, he's torn between his paralyzing fear and protective parental instinct. With the help of a vigilante priest who has uncovered the genesis of this ruthless, potentially supernatural gang, Tommy must overcome his fears and venture into the heart of the abandoned tower block known as the CITADEL to save his family.more
Rating: R (for disturbing violent content, and language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Ciaran Foy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 29, 2013
Box Office: $13.3k
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Aneurin Barnard
as Tommy Cowley
James Cosmo
as The Priest
Amy Shiels
as Joanna
Charlie Graham
as Feral Child
Chris Hegarty
as Feral Child
Connor McGroary
as Feral Child
Matthew Workman
as Feral Child
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Critic Reviews for Citadel

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (12)

Despite its defiantly un-PC 'fear-a-hoodie' message, the film nails its urban setting, filling every frame with a richly sustained sense of despair, decay and dread.

Full Review… | July 9, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

This is a basic story, simply and directly told by Irish writer-director Ciaran Foy.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's all rather nausea-inducing and a bit frightening - not the film (I can only wish) but its subtextual message.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

"Citadel" attempts to transform mundane anxieties into the stuff of a horror film. But the initial tension of the premise dissipates like a slow leak.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

While Foy's efforts to create his own distinct modern urban mythos are ambitious, the result isn't entirely satisfying.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A bare-bones man-against-his-worst-fears white knuckler, shot through deep, menacing shadows.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Citadel


Add a rev After seeing his wife murdered by a gang of faceless kids in hoodies, a young father becomes an agoraphobic shut-in, but must face his fears when the same gang abducts his baby daughter and take her to the condemned tower block where the murder occurred. A noble attempt, but the enthusiastic first-time Irish writer/director focuses too much on creating psychological/sociological depth, leaving being scary and suspenseful as an afterthought.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


A few weeks ago I was listening to a podcast and one of the hosts mentioned how good this movie was and how he thought it was the best horror movie of 2012. I had never heard of it, but decided to search it out and give it a shot. The premise is pretty good and creepy. It's about an Irish guy who's pregnant wife is murdered in front of him by this group of demonic kids. The baby survives, and he is left alone to raise the baby. He lives in fear of leaving his apartment for his and the baby's safety, because the kids still lurk in the community and are coming for them. There's a couple twists and turns best left for if you watch, but overall this isn't a very good movie. There's a couple really good scenes, but the rest drags and just doesn't seem to go anywhere. It's an Irish movie, so maybe an Americanized version will get made and it will be better, because I think there is a good movie to be made out of this material. This just isn't it. The acting is just "meh", and the movie is sometimes too dark where you can't get a good enough grasp of what is going on. I'm a big horror fan, and this just didn't meet my expectations. Having said that, I can see why people would think this is good, because it has a good creepiness to it. Watch at your own risk.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer


The U.K media have a history of creating social panics and the demonizing of teenage "hoodies" is one of the current fads. This is the latest in a spate of U.K horror films to cash in on the bad press. Writer/director Foy goes one step further with his demonizing; his hooded villains are actually demons.
Barnard witnesses the brutal murder of his pregnant wife and lives as a shut in with his new-born daughter. The demons are after the child and Cosmo teams up with crazy priest Cosmo to defeat them. The location, an abandoned Glasgow tower block, lends the film a sinister vibe which it probably doesn't deserve. What starts off as an interesting take on social horror quickly develops into a second rate scare-fest.
Foy wrote this after suffering a violent attack by teens in Dublin so has a legitimate gripe but I feel this sort of ostracizing of young males does nobody any good.
The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

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