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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
Nov 9, 2012 Limited
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This is a basic story, simply and directly told by Irish writer-director Ciaran Foy.
It's all rather nausea-inducing and a bit frightening - not the film (I can only wish) but its subtextual message.
"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.
While Foy's efforts to create his own distinct modern urban mythos are ambitious, the result isn't entirely satisfying.
Has an atavistic pulse, evoking a decaying society where elevators fail and bus drivers cower behind mesh grills.
This hopelessly muddled horror movie takes place in a United Kingdom public housing high-rise so dingy and bleak you might feel that razing it would be a mercy.
Plenty of pungent ideas and a nice line in urban terror. The final product falls short of the best in Brit horror, though.
A gritty sister to Philip Ridley's Heartless, this is similarly flawed but full of flair.
By literally dehumanizing its antagonists, Citadel not only muddles its political message but also undermines the gravity of its main character's circumstances.
Writer-director Ciaran Foy knows his job, even if he's never done it before -- this is his feature debut -- and he handles it well.
Although this film has a simple and predictable story setup, it takes a long time to develop. The first part of the film has a rather slow pace.
The concept eventually turns into predictably contrived genre fodder with muddled sociopolitical undercurrents.
A compelling inner city nightmare, with the supernatural elements barely masking a very real scenario.
A bare-bones man-against-his-worst-fears white knuckler, shot through deep, menacing shadows.
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