The Intruder, directed by Deon Taylor (Traffik, Meet the Blacks), is chock full of guffaws, and never the great variety. It’s a corny, no-holds-barred parade of nonsense that manages to juggle sexist themes and senseless violence with seemingly no finish in sight. As a thriller, the movie in the end fails to do its solely job, which is to paralyze the viewers with one among its deepest fears: the terrorizing of your property and household. The story follows Scott (Michael Ealy) and Annie (Meagan Good), an exquisite and wealthy newlywed couple with their eyes on the long run and all the probabilities it holds. That is till they meet Charlie (Dennis Quaid).
Charlie sells the pair his magnificent nation house, however surprisingly, he can’t appear to avoid the property for longer than an evening. He mows the garden, does upkeep and continuously insists on displaying them the place to seek out issues and the right way to handle the property. The Intruder by no means articulates why or how Charlie obtained this manner, and herein lies the movie’s most egregious drawback: its characterization falls to the wayside for slender soar “scares.” This movie may be considerably tolerable if it was really scary, however even these moments are monotonous and downright laughable.
The movie’s insistence on making Scott’s stale, weak character the “hero” of the movie falls fully flat. He buys the nation home, solely to throw this reality in his spouse’s face that he’s the one who purchased it. He desires to guard her however fails to be there when she wants his safety. Essentially, we’re anticipated to root for Scott when he doesn’t deserve the reward.
His spouse Annie professes to be a author, however we by no means see her write the whole movie. Instead, she cooks like a 3-star Michelin chef and drinks wine with creepy outdated males throughout any time of the day. She additionally continuously takes lengthy baths and showers, which serves no actual objective besides to indicate her bare physique and draw the eye of the male gaze.
Likewise, Charlie’s character is stuffed with contradictions. He’s supposedly fixated with the home in a method that borders on obsessive compulsive dysfunction, but he has no qualms about trashing the entire place within the pursuit of his new obsession: Annie. This transference means that Annie is simply one other object to be obtained, as a result of they don’t hammer down every other psychology or motivation behind Charlie’s conduct. A weird storyline with Charlie’s daughter is nothing however a meaningless tangent. Quaid’s efficiency is periodically maniacal, virtually like a model of the Joker, solely with far worse dialogue.
A narrative with a concentrate on an intruder coming into the house is one which at all times has the poential to seize the creativeness of an viewers with concern. Films akin to The Invitation used this idea so nicely by establishing a baseline eerie temper of “something’s not right here,” whereas movies akin to Get Out and Us, elevated the intruder concern to the Nth diploma with authentic twists and impactful commentaries.
The Intruder finds extra methods to fail past its lack of mood-setting and originality. The enhancing and soundtrack of the movie are abysmal, with jarring pop and R&B songs punctuated all through the ludicrous storyline in a method as to amplify its ridiculousness. Meanwhile, its use of quick cuts, such because the pictures of Scott working down the street in sluggish movement, then in actual time, then again to sluggish movement, and the pictures of Annie working by means of the hospital in sluggish movement are virtually insufferable to observe.
Given its boring qualities from high to backside, there’s some consolation in figuring out that The Intruder will little doubt be a part of the graveyard of forgotten D-list thrillers.