Home Invasion Gone Wrong
An agoraphobic young woman’s (Beth Riesgraf) home gets ransacked by three men possessing information that the woman is loaded with cash. At one point, the door is wide open for the young woman Anna’s escape, but she isn’t able to get out because of her debilitating fear. The men are able to overpower her, but eventually Anna lures the men into the basement.
With the flick of a switch, Anna retracts the stairs to the basement, leaving the men trapped and confused. Immediately, the robbers realize that Anna is not who they think she is, and the roles of victim and perpetrator have been reversed.
Original Concept. It’s not often that we see an agoraphobic person star in a movie. With the added twist, it becomes interesting to see how she one-ups the robbers given the fact that she can’t just run out of the door and call for help. 2016 also saw the release of the movie Hush, also a home invasion movie, but this time starring a deaf woman. These two movies are great companion pieces to one another.
Female Badass. The movie starts with the death of Anna’s brother and her inability to attend his funeral due to her fear of the outside. Intruders initially paints Anna as a woman highly dependent on her brother – fragile and broken up inside because her brother’s death left her alone in the world. When the intruders come into the picture, this image of Anna is retained, with her trying to plead to the men to just leave her alone. The introduction of the basement, however, causes a sudden shift in Anna’s personality to that of a deceptive anti-hero. This is something very satisfying to watch.
The First Two-Thirds. The first two-thirds of the movie – from the death of Anna’s brother to the first sight of the replica bedroom in the basement – is simply fantastic. Wanting to find out the reason behind Anna’s basement is a great motivator to watch the film, and it is able to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Unlikeable Cast. Everyone in the movie is kind of annoying. The robbers have very aggravating personalities, particularly Martin Starr’s Perry, and you can’t help but wish for them to bite the bullet already. Anna is no exception. Though a badass character, Anna becomes really wishy-washy and self-righteous during the last third of the movie.
The Last Third. The movie gets dragged down by the reveal of Anna’s rationale behind the basement, which is very much out of left field. A lot more could have been done with the basement, and I feel as if it’s a wasted opportunity. From that point, Anna becomes quite infuriating in her self-righteousness and wrong decisions. With no mystery left to solve, the last third of Intruders becomes a boring stroll towards a predictable ending.
Ultimately, the cons outweigh the pros, and Intruders becomes quite a hard sell. The core concept of Intruders is definitely interesting – an agoraphobic woman turning the tables on robbers – but is unfortunately also heavily bogged down by the last third when the mystery has been explained.
Intruders is currently rated 45% at Rotten Tomatoes.