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INTRUDERS (review)

Review by Joshua Gravel
Produced by Steven Schneider, Jeff Rice,
Lati Grobman, Erik Olsen
Written by T.J. Cimfel, David White
Directed by Adam Schindler
Starring Beth Riesgraf, Jack Kesy, 
Martin Starr, Rory Culkin,
Joshua Mikel, Leticia Jimenez,
Timothy T. McKinney, Jack Kesy
Anna lives with and takes care of her terminally ill brother, Conrad, but also suffers from severe agoraphobia and has not left their home in over ten years. 
Upon her brother’s death she is left the house and a sizeable amount of money, and when it is assumed that Anna will be at Conrad’s funeral, three men break into her house to rob her. 
Once the three men realize that Anna is still in the house a tense game of “cat and mouse” plays out in the rather large maze like house, which is hiding more secrets than just Anna.

Intruders starts off as a seemingly run of the mill home invasion flick, but builds upon that now common premise to deliver a taut thriller with some well thought out twists. 

I made the mistake of watching the trailer for Intruders prior to watching the actual movie, which does the film a disservice, by giving away several key elements.  With these plot points revealed completely out of context, the story looks both implausible and hokey when in reality, writers T.J. Cimfel and David White did a pretty good job of providing characters with enough back story to justify their actions.

First time feature director Adam Schindler delivers a tight story with a strong cast led by Beth Riegraf as Anna and a striking dramatic turn by comedic actor Martin Starr as one of the titular intruders. Overall I was impressed with Intruders and look forward to future projects from those involved.

I would definitely recommend that you check out Intruders, as it is a quality independent film with some interesting characters and is a tensely plotted thriller.


 
Intruders arrives in theaters and VOD on January 15th
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