After watching the preview for THE INTRUDER I was expecting the same old premise that I'd seen in other similar movies like LAKEVIEW TERRACE or a movie called THE NEIGHBOR, but THE INTRUDER has an interesting twist, which I can't reveal, and a skilled director, Deon Taylor, who leads you around in a realistic story that could actually happen in real life.
A successful young couple, Annie and Scott, played by Meagan Good and Michael Ealy move to the country in California’s wine country after purchasing the couple’s dream home from Charlie (Dennis Quaid) for a sweetheart of a deal. This is after he kills a deer on the property right in front of them before the couple has even had the opportunity to take a tour of the house.
Scott has an odd feeling about Charlie but Annie, who after hearing about his wife dying in the house, develops a fondness for Quaid and doesn’t find it odd at all when he returns a few days later and cuts the new owners grass. Charlie is a master at manipulation and causes friction between the young couple by preying on Annie’s emotions.
Meanwhile, Scott increases his hostility against the former homeowner who originally told the couple he had plans to move in with his daughter in Florida, but he never leaves.
After a series of occurrences around the house, Scott does some investigating into Charlie’s background and discovers that, while his wife may have had cancer when she died, she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and tries his best to convince his wife that they are dealing with a potentially psychotic killer.
The director skillfully puts the pieces of the puzzle together for you and the end result is a very enjoyable movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat and will have you screaming at the screen; which is exactly what I think he planned when he laid out his story.
The movie is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 1 hour and 42 minutes. Give the movie a chance and I think you’ll like it. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate The Intruder a LARGE.