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Tommy Cowley (Aneurin Barnard) lives a quiet life in a decaying apartment complex with his very pregnant wife. The couple is attacked one day by a group of hooded young thugs, and after a shocking act of violence, Tommy is left to raise his newborn daughter alone. So shaken by the events that he’s developed extreme agoraphobia, Tommy alternates his days hiding out from imagined threats in his new flat and intense therapy sessions aimed at bringing him back to normalcy. When the same hooded gang—seemingly intent on kidnapping his daughter— begins terrorizing his life again, he’s torn between his paralyzing fear and protective parental instinct. With the help of a vigilante priest who has uncovered the genesis of this ruthless, potentially supernatural gang, Tommy must overcome his fears and venture into the heart of the abandoned tower block known as the Citadel to save his family.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 39
- Fresh: 22
- Rotten: 17
- Average Rating: 5.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Has an atavistic pulse, evoking a decaying society where elevators fail and bus drivers cower behind mesh grills.
Fresh: Especially nerve-wracking for any parent who's ever doubted whether he or she could overcome immobilizing fear and spring into action to defend an endangered offspring. Foy exploits that cruel doubt with ruthless efficiency in this impressive debut.
Rotten: "Citadel" attempts to transform mundane anxieties into the stuff of a horror film. But the initial tension of the premise dissipates like a slow leak.
Rotten: U.K.-set monster movie has few scares, plenty of noxious overtones.
Compelling Horror Flick
The fear factor is definitly there in this film. With the right amount of realism that plays with your emotions. A nice change from other new horror films. I highly recommend this for horror fans everywhere!
Gripping and scary
Terrifying! I'm a huge fan of Irish cinema, and this director is definitely worth following. Ciaran Foy is a master of horror. His depiction of agoraphobia is spot-on. This film is twisted and captivating. One of the most underrated films of 2012.
Phenomenal Psychological Thriller
Such a great indie horror film! The brilliance of Ciaran Foy and his directorial style is just breathtaking. The atmosphere absolutley captures agoraphobia and after watching you can't help but feel paranoid yourself. A definite must watch.