Citadel Review


Year: 2012

Director: Ciaran Foy

Summary (from IMDb): Tommy Cowley is a young father inflicted 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 terrorised by the same gang, who now seem intent on taking his baby daughter.

My Short Review: Citadel is a very good surprise, a low-budget movie that is all about setting up a suffocating atmosphere where the director manages to perfectly blend personal psychological trauma (through his main character suffering agoraphobia) with a context of social decay ever so present in Irish-scottish movies.

Citadel is definitively the vision of its talented young writer/director Ciaran Foy who gives us a bleak vision of society by using fantastic themes as a symbolic acknowledgment of growing urban violence. Add to this the presence of the great James Cosmo (Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones) and a strong performance from the lead actor Aneurin Barnard and you find yourself with an unpolished gem of a movie.

My Rating: 6.5/10

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