'The Intruder' Review
The Intruder is a 2019 psychological thriller film directed by Deon Taylor and written by David Loughery. The film stars Michael Ealyand, Meagan Good, and Dennis Quaid. It was released in the United States on May 3, 2019, by Sony Pictures Releasing.
Scott and Annie Russell couldn't be happier after buying their dream home from a mysterious and lonely widower named Charlie in Napa Valley, Calif. Their newfound paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Charlie—still strangely attached to the house—begins to show up and interfere in their daily lives. When his erratic behavior turns to obsession, the young couple soon find themselves caught up in a violent confrontation that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear.
The Intruder was not a very good film. I would say I'm disappointed but I'm not, because I didn't expect it to be good.
I found the entire film to be very stale. The Intruder was so generic. It had a plot that we've seen 100 times before, but they don't try to add anything to it. There's about 40 minutes of actual story, but they stretch an already thin plot so much. There was about an hour of nothing. It was just pointless nothingness. There was standard relationship stuff, but it didn't lead anywhere. There we a few bad PG-13 sex scenes that I found annoying. They weren't interesting to look at because it was PG-13, and they did nothing for the plot so they were a complete waste of time.
Another thing was that these were some of the dumbest characters I've seen in a while. Some of the decisions they make just frustrated me. Megan Good's character in particular was very frustrating. There's naive and then there's her character. It just became very annoying after a while. There's also a character in here whose sole purpose is to die. It's not even a spoiler because it's so obvious from the moment we see them.
Dennis Quaid was the only thing good about this film. Outside of him, the film was just very stale, uneventful, uninspired, and even a little boring at times. I really lost interest after the first 20 minutes.
The Intruder was not a very good film, but the worst thing about it is the fact that it didn't even try. You might get some enjoyment if you enjoy screaming at films, but other than that there isn't much fun to be found.
Dennis Quaid was the only bright spot in this film. He gave a great over the top and unhinged performance. He looked like he was the only one having fun. It felt like he was the only one given the freedom to actually explore his character. While his character isn't great, and his performance wasn't necessarily terrifying, it was extremely fun to watch in an otherwise stale film.
Megan Good and Michael Early are two actors/actresses that I really like, but they really didn't do much for me. I thought they were both way too serious. I don't know if it was a personal choice or the directors (most likely the directors). When you add in these very serious performances with the bad writing, it's just not a good mix. They didn't do bad, it just doesn't work with the writing and film.
The acting wasn't bad, but with the exception of Dennis Quaid, it wasn't great.
The Intruder had as generic of a plot as you can get. It was stuffed with cliches and bad jump scares. It was also very predictable and felt like the script ran right off of an assembly line.
The first 20 minutes were OK enough, but after that it just drives off a cliff. The rest of the film just never picks up. I found the climax to be underwhelming. You already know what's going to happen, but they don't try to do anything about it.
I also noticed that they borrowed from a few films. There was a Shining moment that I actually liked. I wish they would've done more of that, because that was actually slightly entertaining.
The writing wasn't great and it made the entire film frustrating. Megan Good spends most of the film as the clichéd disbeliever. She literally invites the man into her home (while her husband is gone). No one would do that. There's a fine line between being naive and dumb.
The plot also suffered structure wise too. Most of the middle was pointless stuff with random Dennis Quaid moments. It just wasn't that good. Random jump scares weren't nearly enough to pull this film out of its hole.
The plot was very generic and predictable.
The Intruder was not very good. I'm pretty sure some people will enjoy it, but not me. I found it way too predictable and generic. Also, the writing wasn't great. I face palmed so many times. It's also clear from very early on that there wasn't much of a story. It's dragged out and stretched so thin.
Dennis Quaid was great and looked to be the only one actually trying to be more. The rest of the film feels like it's perfectly happy being generic. It's just lazy and sad.
The Intruder wasn't a good film.
© 2019 Royce Proctor