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DVD Review: Horror CITADEL Can't Rise To The Challenge - Movies In Focus
Citadel feels like a bunch of ideas (some good, some bad) that have been dropped into a cinematic blender and blitzed to hell. It’s not particularly an enjoyable combination, but you know that it has something good in there – somewhere. Ciaran Foy’s film follows Tommy (Aneurin Barnard) a young father who watches as his pregnant wife is attacked by a group of hoodie-wearing youths. She doesn’t survive the attack and his daughter is born prematurely. Fast forward 6 months and Tommy is an agoraphobic shut-in, terrified of leaving his house. He’s befriended by one of the nurses who cared for his wife, but soon Tommy’s life is thrown into even more disarray when he begins to be menaced by a group of fashionable yobs with a penchant for hooded garments. Tommy takes solace with the local priest (James Cosmo), a grumpy badass who informs him that these street thugs aren’t kids – they’re creatures who want to take his daughter. Tommy is faced with a Catch 22 situation – man-up, or remain a pussy forever. Good scares do not a good movie make. It’s brave of Foy to make a movie which is partly inspired by his own real-life [...]