Citadel Movie Review

The Citadel (2012) is an Irish psycological thriller by writer / director Ciaran Foy. Citadel follows Tommy (Aneurin Barnarda)a father suffering from Agorophobia (fear of open spaces) made exponentially worse upon the murder of his pregnant wife by an unknown group of hooded attackers. Group therapy has had little effect giving him temporary relief to his mental affliction. When the same hooded figures come back for his child who survived all his work is undone. Convinced that his assailants aren’t human but demons Tommy enlists the local cursing priest (James Cosmo, Braveheart). What follows is an incredibly tense thriller with elements of terror and dread throughout. Filmed primarily with a handheld camera the movie has a raw realistic feel. The biggest strength to this film is the transformation in Tommy from hapless bystander to protector and hero. Coupled with an interesting origin for his hooded assailants and mythology surrounding them Citadel manages to feel like a fresh take on the thriller /horror genre. Though, somewhat effected by a small cast Citadel still manages to be thrilling to the end. If you’re looking for a creepy low budget but well made thriller and you want something a little different check out Citadel. Also watch out for some frequent usage of the “F” word. Let us know what you think below!

Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.