It's a funny thing, the way a movie can scare you. For some, it's watching someone lost in the woods or stranded by the side of the road. For others, it's watching a crazed ax murderer or maybe even being the B in an A-B-C. For me, for THIS movie, the fear lies within the main character's struggle to protect his daughter. Yep, I'm becoming a softy I guess?
So that I can say I at least put out a little factual info instead of 100% all my own awesome opinion, it's worth mentioning that this movie was written and directed by Ciaran Foy (currently directing Sinister 2). Citadel was his first full length feature film and I'd say that by all accounts, he did quite well. To drill this down to a ridiculously shortened summary: it's about a man who overcomes his agoraphobia in order to protect his daughter from evil, apartment dwelling children.
Wait, what?! Evil...apartment...dwelling...children? Fuck yes. Sound cheesy maybe? Initially I thought so too, but the more I stared at the movie icon, the more it kept begging for me to watch it. It's the kind of thing you'd read about and be 100% convinced that there's no way to effectively pull that off. I insist you watch the movie because I believe you'll be most pleasantly surprised.
New format here: lists of "woohoo" and "meh".
-The atmosphere: bleak, colorless, depressing...sets a great tone for the whole movie
-The location. I don't know about you, but when I'm disconnected from a setting, I tend to be a little more edge-of-my-seat and uneasy. We generally take comfort in what is familiar to us, so the fact that this is a foreign film adds to the creepy factor for me.
-As mentioned earlier, I really dug the aspect of the father overcoming his fears to save his daughter. I suppose that as a new parent, it was easy for me to imagine being in that situation, albeit desperate and ominous.
-I won't lie. There's a part of me (typical American) that wanted the movie to be a little more harsh and graphic. Not that it would have made it scarier, but it certainly would have contributed to the viewer's investment in the characters. To see his wife suffer more (no spoiler there...the synopsis on imdb basically divulges the same info) or to get a better eye on those crazy, creepy children would have been great. Maybe that's just me?
-The ending. I don't want to spoil it for those wanting to check it out (you def should), but the ending was a little shitty. The method by which dear ol' dad escapes and puts an end to the reign of young terror left much to be desired.
So...yep, all that to say that I really did like the movie overall and would definitely recommend you check it out. I'd have to give the movie 3 of 5 cleavers for being original, creating an environment that absolutely breeds discomfort, and for a surprisingly stripped down, creepy-ass storyline.
Here's the imdb for movie info, the movie's FB, and Ciaran's twitter!