Saturday 12 August 2023

Movie Review: The Intruder (2019)

Genre: Suspense Thriller
Director: Deon Taylor
Starring: Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Dennis Quaid
Running Time: 102 minutes

Synopsis: Successful San Francisco-based marketing executive Scott Howard (Michael Ealy) and his wife Annie (Meagan Good) decide to move to the countryside. They buy a traditional Napa Valley house from long-time owner Charlie Peck (Dennis Quaid), a widower who claims to be relocating to Florida. But after Scott and Annie move in, Charlie repeatedly shows up uninvited, seemingly unable to break his attachment to the house. His intrusions evolve from inconvenient to something more sinister.

What Works Well: Dennis Quaid has fun with an unabashed performance full of unhinged intent hiding underneath a sympathetic facade. The societal metaphors induced by a psychotic older white man in a red cap refusing to accept change are available for debate.

What Does Not Work As Well: Both the Howards (trust issues) and Peck (business troubles) have backstories, but these are handled with cursory contempt. Director Dean Taylor fails to add any moments of flourish or authentic suspense, and the plot is otherwise linear, repetitive, witless, and dependent on a steady stream of bad judgment.

Conclusion: Unwelcome and unoriginal.

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