Parents' Guide to

Intrusion

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Violence, jump scares in entertaining thriller.

Movie NR 2021 92 minutes
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This is an entertaining, if not exactly groundbreaking, thriller from the "This Dream Home Is Not What It Seems" file. Intrusion has its moments, as the plot twists twist and the jump scares scare. Suspension of disbelief frays but doesn't completely rip away. Successful architect Henry has designed a dream home for himself and his wife Meera as they escape the "rat race" of Boston to live on the far-enough outskirts of a New Mexico hamlet. It's easy for the audience to get as wrapped up in the seemingly good taste and luxury of this dream home, even as it starts to gradually sink in that it doesn't have much warmth, as it's all angles and gray, as impersonal as an Ikea showroom. Soon enough, this house becomes as tiresome as the close-up jump scares of Meera chopping produce at the kitchen island, and so by the time the third act story payoffs unfurl with visual menace and discordant horror movie synth tones, the movie ends as it teeters on the edge of wearing out its welcome.

The quality of the acting is what keeps viewers engaged, even as you're likely to later question plot points that seem a little too forced. Meera, who is traumatized and anxious through much of the movie, suddenly finds the strength to enter a sketchy trailer park, break into a trailer, and steal some mail. They've just moved to this small New Mexico town, but already seem to have a large group of friends, friends who look like they stepped out of advertisement banners for trendy upscale condominiums under construction. There are other examples, but in spite of this, it's an entertaining thriller.

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