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Citadel 2012 R CC

3.6 out of 5 stars (40) IMDb 5.5/10

An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children.

Starring:
Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Ciarán Foy
Starring Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo
Supporting actors Wunmi Mosaku, Amy Shiels, Ian Hanmore, Chris Hegarty, Ingrid Craigie, Jake Wilson, Pete Murphy, James Ramsay, Matthew Workman, Sandra McFadden, Elizabeth Brady, Harry Saunders, Connor McGroary, Ronnie Johnson, Keith Hutcheson, Grant Morrison, Christopher Warbrick, Scott Mckenzie
Studio Flatiron Film Company
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: Blu-ray
There are a lot of really great things going for the low-budget indie shocker "Citadel." This Irish film starts out strong, boasts a solid lead performance, and paints a harrowing portrait of urban decay. While the picture is very successful at creating a creepy vibe which it sustains throughout, I'm not sure that the mythology or storytelling is quite as strong as its atmosphere. In the end, I enjoyed much of the movie without really ever buying into its premise fully. And although the plot threads are deadly serious, I found some of the developments rather amusing as opposed to horrifying. In the end, I think "Citadel" is worth a look but I wanted its payoff and its explanations to be better realized. It's certainly not a bad movie, I just don't think it makes much sense in the grand scheme of things.

As I said, I really invested into the opening of the film. As a young couple is moving from a dilapidated building, a gang of street thugs happens upon the pregnant wife. A seemingly random act of violence will forever change our protagonist's life. Aneurin Barnard plays the husband and father haunted by this day. As he withdrawals from the world, plagued by agoraphobia, he is continuously threatened by hooded kids just like the ones that attacked his family. What do they want? They seem to be fixated on his daughter. But how do you protect your family when you are wracked by fear? As a psychological horror story, "Citadel" is actually quite accomplished. The arrival of the thugs is always spectacularly creepy and quite unpredictable. It makes the entire experience unsettling, which is surely what was intended. However, as the plot deepens, the more explanation that is given to what is happening--the less successful that I felt the story became.
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I am assuming this movie is saturated with metaphors (or perhaps I am giving the writers to much credit), regardless, for the most part the nuances are so vague that I cannot come to any conclusion. The acting and cinematography was excellent. The scenery had such a deep feeling of misery, hopelessness and pain that I started to feel it myself. I got a sense of release for the father's agoraphobia in the end, but with no clear answers as to how the boy fit into it. It was such an abrupt ending that I felt cheated. I am seeing a trend with movies being overly subtle in their message for the sake of "artsiness", this is a disservice to most movie goers and in the end you end up with a piece that essentially means nothing to anyone but the creators themselves.
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I love horror films that use real-world issues as their basis. A few days ago, I reviewed 6 SOULS, a dark movie that dealt with multiple personality disorders. Today I offer you CITADEL, an extremely effective trip into terror that uses agoraphobia (basically, the fear of going outside) as its foundation. Taut and disturbing, this film will take you to the edge of horror and then push you over.

This movie kept me tense and on-edge throughout its entirety. The aspect of Tommy's baby girl in danger along with him only made the movie more intense, and I actually had to stand up a couple of times while watching the film because I was so nervous. This is exactly the kind of reaction a horror movie is supposed to give, and CITADEL offers plenty of reasons to give them.

The film is shot well and the production value looks very high. It is a collaboration between Ireland and UK film companies, and every facet of the film looks excellent onscreen.

I am particularly impressed with the acting in CITADEL. Aneurin Barnard portrays the main character, Tommy, and does a stunning job in the role. His wide emotional range and vivid attention to detail are a sight to behold. He doesn't just play Tommy, he is Tommy. Also noteworthy is James Cosmo, the iconic actor who portrays the priest. I enjoyed his work in GAME OF THRONES and SONS OF ANARCHY, so it is a joy to see him here.

CITADEL is a huge win for me and I would wager any fan of horror and/or thrillers will enjoy it. Be prepared for a heck of ride, though; this is not a film that you can sit idly through. The film is available now, so give it a look for sure.
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Another week, another horror release. Isn't that the way it seems these days? Why, every time you turn around, some production company is throwing good money into some low-budget, no-budget scare-fest, all to make a buck. I welcome the additions to my film library only so long as these pictures still come assembled with a coherent story, reasonably intelligent characters (a tough find in horror), and modest quality writing. No, horror movies don't have to be perfect. They simply need establish a premise and then deliver on any promises made along the way.

To that end, CITADEL settles comfortably into a middle-ground and goes nowhere fast. Yes, it's atmospheric. Sure, it's creepy. Okay, it looks so dystopian.

But is that all ya got?

(NOTE: the following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

Tommy (played by Aneurin Barnard) enjoys a quiet existence with his pregnant wife in a massive apartment complex on the edge of town. Little do they know, but their CITADEL is actually some hunting grounds for a pack of ravenous children. A sudden attack leaves his wife permanently in a coma, and Tommy - left to raise their child on his own - is stricken with a case of agoraphobia. Nine months later, the gang returns and takes the man's child. Can he face his fears and join forces with an area priest (James Cosmo) to take back the child? And what secret is the old man hiding?
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