A thriller with a very strong opening scene, "Intruders" is a disappointing film that gets mired down in a screenplay which probably makes sense to the screenwriters only. Clive Owen is the one saving grace in this otherwise forgetful film from the director of "28 Weeks Later."
The movie centers on an unknown force called Hollow Face, who years ago stalked and frightened a young boy named Juan in Spain. Meanwhile in London, John Farrow (Owen) and his daughter Mia are being stalked by the same Hollow Face. Mia finds Juan’s story of Hollow Face in a tree and writes a similar story for school while it’s happening to her. The two parallel tales of Juan and Mia get more and more convoluted, and the twist ending seems to be brought on because the screenwriters backed themselves into a corner.
The film’s visuals and storytelling reminds one of the far superior "Pan’s Labyrinth." But a movie can’t rest on its visual laurels alone, and "Intruders" coasts along at a snail’s pace. There are too many scenes of dialogue which go nowhere, yet Clive Owen tries his best with how thinly created his character is.
The Blu-ray has some minor flaws: the dialogue is extremely hushed, yet goes to the opposite extreme in the action sequences. A small behind-the-scenes feature is included, mostly involving an interview with Owen and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.