Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Intruders tells parallel stories of two different families who live in different parts of the world. Both the children in these families have nightmares about a faceless stranger named Hallowman, with the lines between their nightmares and reality becoming increasingly blurry. The main problem with the film is that it really doesn't bring anything new to the sub-genre, suffering from a boring final act which features an ending that is pretty obvious and not all that interesting. One nice aspect that I enjoy was the filmmakers desire to use practical effects as much as possible, while still relying on computer generated effects when needed. The Hallowman sequences between John Farrow (Clive Owen) and his daughter Mia are so much more affective because it's a real person not this computer generated crap, making the threat feel far more real and intense. Those scenes were really the stand out parts of the entire film with not much else being all that affective in the chills department. Fresnadillo's direction is decent with a few nice compositions and movements that help create feeling but there was nothing that really left me from feeling disappointed on the visual front. All and all it's not a bad movie, but there is certainly not much there to warrant a real endorsement of any kind. It seems to be the type of film which thinks itself to be far more cerebral than it is or needs to be.
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