Run Time: 1 Hour and 32 Minutes
Genre: Drama, Thriller
What is Intrusion about?
Henry, an architect, and Meera, a therapist, recently moved into their new home that Henry designed. After a date night, the couple discover that their house has been broken into. As Meera searches for clues about this invasion, Henry begins installing some security systems.
Who is in Intrusion?
Henry and Meera Parsons have been married for 12 years, but up until two months ago, they were knee-deep in big city living. Needing a reset, the couple moves into their new home in the middle of nowhere. Everything is going well, until about two months later their home is broken into. Scared, but unharmed, the couple tries to return to their routines. This seemingly works, until their power goes out. When Henry goes to check it out, he notices lights and movement in multiple rooms of his home..
Intrusion is a decent movie, but it feels short and the plot lacks stability. For me, the high point of this movie has to be the cinematography. It’s marketed as a thriller, and that is. Using different angles, effects, and lighting, the filmmakers behind Intrusion created a very specific vibe. There are times where you can feel the hairs on your arms go straight up, or the suspense goes through the roof until that bubble is popped by a jump scare. The only downside to the thriller aspects in this movie is that the punchlines are pretty predictable. They set up well, and I still jumped, but I saw them coming a mile away. The same can be said about the plot.
With Intrusion only being about an hour and a half, it could have gone in two directions. First being packed full of stuff and a wild ride to the finish. The other was barely enough stuff to call this a movie. Somehow we got both of those at the same time. The plot is fairly slow rolled to start off, with a few blips along the way, but it isn’t really until the last half an hour that the dominos start to fall. It’s a lot of set up and in my mind, it took way too long. I would have loved to see a little bit more of the high-octane, thriller vibe we got from the ending because I thought that was really the only point where all of our theatrical elements came together. The plot was good, the characters were hot fire, and the cinematography was nearly flawless. It was a ton of fun to watch, mind you a little bit creepy, and I couldn’t draw my eyes from the screen. Would have loved more of that earlier, but it was a resounding ending.
Should I Watch Intrusion?
To be frank, there are quite a few better thrillers out there. You could get creepier with The Voyeurs, you could get better characters from The Army of the Dead, among many other movies. Intrusion is not a bad film, but there are a ton of better options. I thought the ending was really entertaining, but the middle is tough to get through.
Favourite Moment (Spoilers):
My favourite moment is the scene where Meera discovers Henry’s dark secret. The suspense was so high, and also the way the secret room was designed was pretty darn cool. It’s a climax before the true climax, and it does a great job of setting the tone for the rest of the movie.
Honestly, this is the first movie in a while that I just don’t have a lot to say when I think about it. This wasn’t the worst movie I have ever seen but it was still pretty bland, slow-paced, and unimaginative. The story was average with a decent enough setup that they don’t pay off and the ending we get felt anticlimactic and unsatisfying. The characters weren’t that interesting either with no one really having a stand-out personality or aspect of themselves that made them stand out. The acting was good all around with the best being Freida Pinto as Meera who really made the character compelling even when she wasn’t given the best script. Now to be fair the last half an hour was intense even with the first hour being a snooze it did nearly make it up with finally delivering on the promised thriller. Sadly, even with a great last third, the film couldn’t recover from what felt like a slow first half because they didn’t properly balance the story. One more positive I would like to give is the cinematography which did give some cool shots that made you feel the thrilling aspect it was trying to convey. Thrillers tend to be films that are quite rewatchable when well done because you feel that tension and are interested in the story but this is one I wouldn’t rewatch.
All in all, this was a dull movie for me that I wouldn’t recommend unless you are really into the thriller genre. See for yourself and check it out on Netflix.
Favourite Moment (Spoilers):
When Meera discovers what Henry is up to that was a really cool and creepy reveal that did come as a surprise to me as I knew he was the kidnapper but I didn’t know he had the secret basement so I enjoyed that.
Invasion was just an alright movie to me. There were some aspects of the movie that I enjoyed, but overall, the movie felt quite slow and boring. Some of the character interactions and the plot were written well, but for the most part, some of the actions by the characters felt odd or out of place.
To start off, Invasion is a pretty dark movie. Not dark as in thematically, the shots themselves were mostly in the dark, which made it hard to see. Some may argue that the darkness helps the movie due to its themes, but it’s hard to enjoy a movie that you can barely see what’s happening. Another area I didn’t quite enjoy were the characters’ backstories. I liked the idea of Meera as a cancer survivor, but at the same time, this area of her character never really developed. As a result, some of the actions near the end of the movie that could have been influenced by Meera’s past just falls apart. I also don’t think the plot was developed enough. Having a weaker plot with not that much development kills some of the heavier moments later on. It also didn’t help that the movie takes a while to get started and the pacing gets too fast too suddenly.
On the positive side, some of the shots were stunning to watch. The action scenes were shot in a way that I was able to feel the tension and the fear that the characters were feeling. Speaking of the action scenes, I enjoyed the last little bit of the movie the most. Everything started picking up and the action helped quite a bit to pick up the pace.Overall, Invasion is a meh movie. It does get better near the end, but it takes a bit of time to get moving. There are some scenes that are fun to watch, so if you’re into thrillers, you might have fun with this one.
Favourite Moment (Spoilers):
My favourite moment in Invasion was when Meera discovered the hidden room that held Christine. I loved the design of the house and when another room was revealed, I enjoyed it. It wasn’t the biggest of shocks, but it was still a fun reveal.