Anna is isolated from human contact in nearly every way, which is exactly how she likes it. Suffering from crippling agoraphobia and holed up in an old Victorian on the outskirts of town, the people in Anna's life can be counted on two fingers: her terminally-ill love, Conrad, and the charismatic Meals-on-Wheels driver, Dan. when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don't realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis.
The film, INTRUDERS focuses on a woman, Anna Rook, who suffers from the disorder known as Agoraphobia. Because of that, she hasn't left her Victorian style home in almost a decade. She has lived a very sheltered life, and until now, her brother Conrad has been her only real companion. Unfortunately however, Conrad soon dies, leaving Anna all alone in the house. And it is coincidentally, on the day of Conrad's funeral, that Anna gets some unexpected guests in the form of 3 strangers - J.P., Vance and Perry. The men have broken in, looking for the large sum of money that Anna keeps secretly stashed away. It seems that the expected no one to be home, so they are quite startled when they finally find Anna as she hide. They attempt to apprehend her, but soon, the tables are turned on them, when a deep dark family secret is uncovered, as Anna reveals a side of herself that she keeps well hidden. Soon, the tortured, becomes the torturer.
Going into this film which was written by T.J. Cimfel and David White, and directed Adam Schindler, I didn't know what to expect, other than it was obviously a home invasion flick. On that note, however, I assumed that it would be of the typical type. But now, coming away from it, I wouldn't call this "typical" at all, as it is a well thought, progressive thriller. It is one such scenario in which the weakened becomes strong in the face of danger. When we first meet the character of "Anna Rook", she is basically timid, and her Agoraphobia paralyzes her at the thought of leaving the confines of her home. But when she finds herself the victim of a home invasion, she resorts to drastic measures, and uses parts of her home that we did not know existed. That's right. Underneath the old house, lies a basement, with several rooms - rooms obviously made for killing. As the film slowly reveals details, the more we learn about the Rook family, and how things came to be. The film progresses in a way that keeps things interesting, while at the same time, careful not to reveal too much, too fast. I enjoyed its storytelling, as it takes a page from some of its more classic predecessors. You're not quite sure what will happen next, but you pay attention to find out.
Amid its twists and other developments, INTRUDERS features some pretty decent acting performances. Beth Riesgraf is the film's lead character as she portrays "Anna". Riesgraf as the character goes through the transformation described above, and it is the classic turning of tables. I enjoyed her performance. Before we get to the film's protagonists, there is also the character of Dan Cooper, plated by Rory Culkin. Dan is the "Meals on Wheels" delivery guy, who has been delivering meals to the Rook home, since Conrad became ill due to Pancreatic cancer. He is someone who is more of a friend to Anna, yet he finds himself inadvertently thrown into the mix of things. Now on the the film's intruders. "J.P.", "Vance" and "Perry", are portrayed by Jack Kesy, Joshua Mikel and Martin Starr, respectively. Like many of the heist/home invasion flicks, these 3 are no different, in that their personalities differ somewhat(even if only slightly). J.P. views himself as the leader, as Perry, is sort of tough. While Vance is kind of stuck in the middle - he doesn't really want to be there, but simply does what his brother J.P. wants him to do. I thought each of the 3 guys did well in their given roles, but I have to say that I was most impressed with Martin Starr, who I know best as "Bill Haverchuck" from FREAKS AND GEEKS, and from films such as ADVENTURELAND. I'll admit, that it's a little strange seeing him as a "tough guy" of sorts, but here, he pulls it off nicely. Out of the trio, I liked him the most here. But with that said, everyone involved essentially makes INTRUDERS what it is.
To close, I have to say that INTRUDERS plays out, very much like a classic thriller, as it presents an interesting story that may not only entertain, but surprise you as well. I know that personally, this one came as a surprise to me. Honestly, I didn't think that I would get a story as well told as this one. It's a nice change of pace in terms of home invasion films.
IMPRESSION OF THE FILM
With INTRUDERS, once into it, you basically know what you're in for. The main character suffers from Agoraphobia, so when the villains break in, of course she looks like easy prey for them. That is just the impression that the script gives. Yet the film takes us for few turns along the way that make for a rather interesting turn of events. For awhile, we are left to ponder just why it is that Anna has this violent side to her. It is later revealed, and of course, it kind of makes sense. The film spills these details to us at a very nice pace that keeps our interest as we keep watching to find out how things will end up. Personally, I was with this film from beginning to end. It's pretty solid for the type of film that it is.
This film will be available on DVD, on March 1, 2016