Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s new thriller “Intruders” features one of the creepiest cinematic antagonists in recent memory. Unfortunately, there is a twist.
The film’s screenplay, which was penned by Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques, does said antagonist – and the audience – a disservice by slowing the story down to a near-crawl before eventually arriving at a conclusion that would likely have not even made any sense if it were executed with any organization whatsoever.
“Intruders,” which opens today at movie theaters throughout the Valley, tells parallel stories of two families whose lives are disrupted by menacing apparitions. In Spain, a mother tries to protect her son from a faceless stranger. In Britain, a young girl (Ella Purnell) has terrifying dreams of a demon who becomes a real danger to her and her family.
Clive Owen plays the father of the aforementioned young girl, which gives “Intruders” some street-cred, so to speak. The actor does a decent job here but it appears as though even he is a bit confused about exactly what is transpiring – especially toward the end of the film when everything falls apart just as it is supposed to be coming together.
Having said that, Fresandillo – whose filmography includes “28 Weeks Later” – knows how to craft an atmosphere that is guaranteed to haunt your nightmares. He uses that skill to inject “Intruders” with enough eeriness to almost encourage one to forgive it for its ghastly slow pace and corrupt conclusion, which is equal parts predictable and preposterous.
“Intruders” (R – 100 minutes) opens today at movie theaters throughout the Valley. Visit FirstLook.com for specific showtimes and locations.