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.
If you are not familiar with CITADEL, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of FlatIron Film Company:
Tommy Cowley is a young father afflicted with chronic agoraphobia since his wife was brutally attacked by a gang of a twisted feral children. Trapped in the dilapidated suburbia of Edenstown, he finds himself terrorized by the same gang, who now seem intent on taking his baby daughter. Torn between the help of an understanding nurse and a vigilante priest, Tommy sets out to learn the nightmarish truth surrounding these hooded children. He also discovers that to be free of his fears, he must finally face the demons of his past and enter the one place that he fears the most—the abandoned tower block known as the Citadel.
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.