Citadel

Citadel

Ciaran Foy (2012)

80min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Ciaran Foy's low-budget debut feature is an urban horror that has much going for it as an exercise in evoking place and maintaining mood. Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk) stars as a widowed, agoraphobic new father who is tormented by a gang of feral hoodies that steal babies and feast on the fear of their victims. But events become increasingly improbable after kindly nurse Wunmi Mosaku tries to reach out to the youths and fiery, foul-mouthed priest James Cosmo coerces Barnard into helping him destroy the brood's lair. Cinematographer Tim Fleming expertly captures the dereliction and desperation of the setting, while Foy makes adept use of tight framing to keep the focus on Barnard's mounting terror. Unfortunately, the storytelling and characterisation are markedly less impressive, making it difficult to care about Barnard's fate. Despite being innovatively directed and punchily edited, as a genre piece this is lacking in depth and genuine dread.

Summary

A man is left with severe agoraphobia after his pregnant wife is attacked by a vicious gang, leaving him to raise their baby alone in a rundown block of flats. A priest warns him that the thugs responsible for his plight will return for the infant, and the only way to save her is to take a stand against them on their own territory. Horror, starring Aneurin Barnard and James Cosmo.

Cast & Crew

Tommy Aneurin Barnard
Priest James Cosmo
Marie Wunmi Mosaku
Joanne Amy Shiels
Danny Jake Wilson
Elsa Harry Saunders
Elsa Arlowe Saunders
Dr Kelly Ingrid Craigie
Director Ciaran Foy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 12 Jul 2013
Drama