Let’s start with the obvious, the stalky, psychotic creeper who terrorizes an innocent family has absolutely been done before, thus the premise of THE INTRUDER will come off to many as a formulaic film filled with tropes. However, Dennis Quaid’s creep level was so good and the chemistry between leads Michael Ealy and Meagan Good was so electric, they canceled out any “how oft has this been done been before” thoughts and invited me in for the ride. And what a fun ride it was.
In the film, young affluent, and unsuspecting, couple Annie and Scott, portrayed by Good and Ealy, purchase a home in Napa Valley from eccentric widower Charlie (Dennis Quaid), who has a strong attachment to the property. Annie believes Charlie’s initial actions, better described as interruptions, are harmless but her husband has serious doubts – which lead to a few shocking discoveries, violent confrontations, and ultimately a life or death edge of your seat battle.
Co-starring in the film is Power‘s Joseph Sikora as Scott’s friend Mike, whose persona definitely wasn’t reminiscent of the Tommy character – even though I was waiting for him to “cancel Christmas” on somebody… uh, sorry I’m a “Power” fan and I’ve been waiting all year to hear that (two more months to go)! 😉
In sum, “The Intruder” is a fun popcorn film tailored made for folks who like to jump and/or yell at the screen. If you enjoyed oldies but goodies like “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” and recent films like “Breaking In” with Gabrielle Union, this film is definitely in your lane. I give it a 3 out of 5 on the MMTrometer.
Until next thought, Thomasena