Thursday, 9 May 2019

MAN OF THE HOUSE: The Intruder is a provocative, fast-paced thriller

STRANGER THINGS: Good and Ealy sharing a scene from the new movie.

“WHEN I built this house, I put my soul into it,” says Charlie Peck (Dennis Quaid), the titular character in the suspenseful new domestic thriller The Intruder. Is that why he can’t let go?

A retired engineer with no close family, Peck’s whole life is about his gorgeous, well-kept home in Napa, California, that has caught the fancy of a young, attractive couple – advertising exec Scott Howard (Michael Ealy) and magazine writer Annie (Meagan Good) – who decide to buy the property and get busy starting a family.

But what was supposed to be the dream-home experience commencing their happy new chapter soon becomes their own personal nightmare on Elm Street. Charlie simply won’t leave. Even though he’s supposed to be on vacation in Florida, he’s popping up at the most inopportune times at the house. 

Things start getting awkward pretty fast. Awkward soon becomes tense. Tense eventually spirals into seriously creepy with deadly consequences.

Directed by Deon Taylor, with a script by David Loughery, The Intruder’s plot is hardly a novel premise, especially if you’ve seen movies like Lakeview Terrace (with Kerry Washington, Patrick Wilson and Samuel L. Jackson), but it’s an unflinching, utterly believable story that grows more jolting and terrifying as the plot thickens. 

Poor Scott and Annie; you feel their pain, thanks to committed performances by Ealy (The Perfect Guy) and Good (Stomp the Yard). As for Quaid, what a transformation! It will be next to impossible to see him as the all-American dad after this. Tyrone’s Verdict: B

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