Deon Taylor directs Michael Ealy, Meagan Good and Dennis Quaid in the yuppie in peril thriller where a rich couple buy their dream home in the country… only for the former owner to keep popping by with malevolent intent.
A revival of all the old tropes which makes its lead couple far too unlikeable for us to ever care about them. Now part of the joy of these class war home invasions always used to be us serfs seeing the upwardly mobile have their success torn apart by a psycho… but Good and (especially) Ealy are such bimbos that you wish the screws started turning a lot sooner and even more viciously. Quaid is hammy and OTT, it is such a relentless spin of tics and glaring he almost saves the film. The fact he does half his leering and lashing out in a red cap will mean this rote release will find itself being picked apart in a fair few “Cinema in the Trump era” dissertations. More of interest is that The Intruder shares a big twist with a far superior, celebrated movie of the same year. One final criticism, the incongruously hard hip hop soundtrack is misguided and disruptive. Imagine if someone decided to include continual blasts of Slipknot and Insane Clown Posse in a Matthew Broderick & Julia Roberts thriller following a white couple of vanilla suits who buy the wrong house in the 90s?!
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