Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer
Plot: A woman moves to a small town with her husband, but is rattled when they are targeted for a home invasion.
Review: If they wanted to choose a one-word title for this movie, PREDICTABLE might’ve been the better way to go.
I love a good thriller; hell I don’t even mind the cheesy ones. The 90s and early 2000s had some of the best over-the-top thrillers like The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Single White Female and What Lies Below. And even the more “Lifetime” movie-types like Obsessed or When the Bough Breaks can be enjoyed because they tend to wink at themselves, fully acknowledging the ridiculous nature of their plots. Yes, most fans of these types of movies enjoy them because they don’t take themselves too seriously. But sadly Intrusion breaks this cardinal rule while throwing in the added sin of being totally predictable and somewhat boring.
If it gets anything right, it’s the movie looks good and the actors are so talented they manage to inject life into their lifeless characters. Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Immortals) plays Meera. Due to her battle with cancer she struggles with the fear of her illness returning, but is happy to have her devoted and loving husband Henry, played by Logan Marshall-Greene (Upgrade, The Defeated) who goes out of his way to makes sure she’s safe and happy in the home he built for them.
Returning from a date night they find their home has been broken into, which causes Meera to feel even more afraid. But when the intruders return another night and Henry kills them while trying to protect his home and his wife, Meera begins to suspect there is more to the break-in than meets the eye (Transformers! Sorry, couldn’t help myself).
Both actors could handle roles like this in their sleep, so it’s no surprise they are the best elements of the movie. But good performances can do only so much to prop up a lazy screenplay with twists so obvious a nine-year-old could figure them out. The haircut and dress code given to Marshall-Greene alone screams “husband with secrets to hide” and I’m amazed I managed to get through it without looking at my phone once.
Intrusion is the kind of movie I’d put on while I’m doing a load of laundry and want to kill time. It’s a shame because with actors like these we could’ve had one of those thrillers you don’t mind rewatching from time to time, instead of a film you’ll forget faster than you can say “intrusion”.
Sommer’s Score: 5 out of 10
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