Citadel

2012

Citadel

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32%

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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.

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  • Jun 03, 2016
    I almost let some bad reviews stop my from watching Citadel, but I'm glad I didn't, 'cause personally? I fuckin' loved it. Very reminiscent of Heartless, but a more horror-conforming plot.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2013
    This is quite a good film. The story is fairly simple, a gang of feral children kill his pregnant wife and take his 9-month old child so an agoraphobic father overcomes his fears to save his daughter. That's it, simple and to the point. The movie is actually, and surprisingly, well-made. This film, technically, isn't going to blow anyone away but it does a good job with the limited resources they have. What I liked is that the film doesn't really focus that much of their attention on the horror aspects. Though you could say that Tommy's fears are horrific, these fears are really used to develop the character instead of scaring the audience. The film focuses on Tommy and how he manages to get his fears under control when his daughter is in danger. And the acting is decent. Aneurin Barnard, who plays Tommy, is good and makes this character sympathetic instead of pathetic. And it would've been very easy to make the character pathetic, but Aneurin keeps that from happening. But the real highlight has to be James Cosmo as the foul-mouthed, badass priest. This character, while not exactly three-dimensional, is entertaining as hell, pardon the pun. He's just fun and definitely the highlight of the film. I did like the climax of the film, which has a lot more blood than the two acts but is still strong as I like the way the relationship with Tommy and his daughter was developed. It just feels believable, in this world of course. So, this is a lame review but this is just a good, solid horror film. I wouldn't buy it, but it's a damn good rental.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2013
    Citadel is one of those movies that have a very effective, intriguing and startling beginning, but loses its steam after its tricks and twists are revealed. I did think the movie was atmospheric from beginning to end, with a couple of suspenseful moments here and there. The film starts off with young parents to be, who just finished packing up their things to move from their run down apartment building. The wife is soon attacked by unknown hooded youths, while the husband watches in horror as he gets stuck in an elevator. The attack leaves the wife dead, but forces the baby into the world prematurely. From there on we witness the father's struggle to raise his baby daughter on his own, while dealing with the loss of his wife and becomes agoraphobic. That raw, heartfelt, terrifying and emotionally powerful first half is boggled down by the unrealistic hooded figures that he fears the most, but for me I just wasn't sold and didn't find them scary. They reminded me of the creatures from The Brood. The performances really save this film, most notably from Aneurin Barnard who plays the emotionally scarred, widowed father Tommy. He gives such an emotionally challenging role and does it in such a gripping fashion than most actors under 30 couldn't pull off. James Cosmo was also great as the Priest and gives such a dead pan, eccentric and commanding performance. James reminded me for some reason of the actor Brian Cox. Director and writer, Ciaran Foy definitely knows how to get under your skin and stay there, with his claustrophobic atmosphere. I just thought there was an inconsistency with his story; sure it was gripping for most of the running time but just wasn't effective as a whole. The ending was just pretty weak to me and the hooded figures have been done before in a much scarier fashion, like in the film Them. The whole twist was just a sham to me and undermines the harrowing first half. He has the skills and knows how to use them for this genre but got quickly lost here. I still think that it's a pretty decent start for a first time director. Overall, the movie that comes to mind that dealt with urban violence in a way more effective matter is The Brave One. Citadel had a great start and had one of the most heartfelt and gripping performances from an actor in a horror film in 2012. The villains were just not that scary and kind of silly to me once they are revealed and yanked the effectiveness out of the movie for me. It's a decent horror film but also a disappointment.
    Matt S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2013
    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

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