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One Line Review: A desolate atmosphere highlights this low budget Irish horror film.

CitadelCitadel (2012) – Rated R

“Months after a gang of feral children attack and kill his pregnant wife, agoraphobic young father Tommy is left to raise their daughter on his own. But his persistent visions of his late wife’s attackers propel his phobia to menacing new heights.”

As with yesterday’s John Dies at the End, Citadel is an auteur effort. Citadel is an Irish film, written and directed by first-time feature director, Ciaran Foy. In real life, Foy was attacked by a gang of kids and suffered from agoraphobia and he does a great job of writing that into the script and filming it.

Aneurin Barnard does a fabulous job of carrying the picture as Tommy, the tortured father. He really sells the fear, panic, and phobic nature of his character while eliciting our sympathy. James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont of Game of Thrones) is wonderful support as an oddly violent and profane priest. The rest of the cast does well with their supporting roles.

Foy really finesses working with a small budget and films in some desolate locales. The movie was funded in part through the Irish government but is pretty much the opposite of an advertisement for Ireland. “Whatever you do, don’t come to Ireland! It is full of feral, murderous children, poor bus service, and condemned buildings.”

The atmosphere in Citadel works a lot better than the low budget action. Foy knows this and concentrates the film on atmosphere quite successfully and keeping the action brief and to the point. The ending is somewhat predictable and a bit disappointing but overall this is a very worthy debut film.