The dilapidated suburbia of Edenstown casts a shadow over Tommy Cowley’s life. Trapped there by his agoraphobia since his wife was fatally attacked by twisted feral children, he now finds himself terrorized by the same mysterious hooded gang, who seem intent on taking his baby daughter.
Torn between the help of an understanding nurse and a vigilante priest, he discovers that to be free of his fears, he must finally face the demons of his past and enter the one place that he fears the most…the abandoned tower block known as the “CITADEL”. –SXSW
A mostly-okay horror flick with a lot of potential that it fails to live up to. First of all, it's as if every single person was cast from a different corner of Ireland, Scotland, England, and the like - making the placement of the film very vague and thus damaging the thin socio-political commentary. Although, it almost works (unknowingly) as an anti-immigration piece, honestly. Passable acting, some okay scares.
Exciting chiller thriller from Ireland that marks a fairly strong genre debut for Ciaran Foy. Picture delivers both the horror and the drama throughout though somewhat marred by some plotting devices especially our hero's sudden metamorphosis. Aneurin Barnard is the main role is reason enough to watch this one and Wunmi Mosaku may just be one to watch. Interesting music score by tomanddandy .
An uber-paranoia thriller that works very well as a social commentary on mental health and how it affects parent hood but can also be treated as just a scary and well paced horror film. I had been waiting to see this quite some time and though I was underwhelmed, I did find myself enjoying it more than being sour with it. Will need to be revisited.
For me, this played out like an odd mishmash between "Attack the Block" and "Them," only not as compelling as either film. The cinematography is beautifully bleak but "Citadel" regularly gives into horror movie cliches, like the priest character whose sole purpose is to dole out exposition. Thematically, the movie is supposed to be about the Tommy character overcoming his anxiety of the outside world and stepping up to protect his family; however, that's not something the screenplay sets into motion until "Citadel" is nearly over and from there the climax isn't as exciting as it could have been.