Where to Watch: Netflix
Release Date: 2021
Director: Adam Salky
My Rating: 4/5
Letterboxd Rating: 2.2/5
Letterboxd Summary: When a husband and wife move to a small town, a home invasion leaves the wife traumatized and suspicious that those around her might not be who they seem.
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in my short time reviewing movies, it’s that I’m not particularly good at assigning a star rating (although I can write a good review, so don’t stop reading), and that Letterboxd users are extremely harsh in theirs. When reviewing books, sometimes I’m higher than average and sometimes I’m lower, but when it comes to movies I’ve been higher than average without exception. It’s probably because I’m giving so-so Netflix movies 4 stars, but honestly I think they more or less deserve it.
Intrusion is about a woman who has just moved to a new small town with her husband. He’s an architect, and he built the entire house (read: mansion) for the two of them to live in. They’ve been married for 12 years and seem to have a pretty solid relationship. That all starts to crumble when two men break into their house when they’re not home. Only their laptops and phones have been taken from the house, and they trashed the place but didn’t take anything else. Just a couple of weeks later, they break in again, this time when both husband and wife are home. That’s when shit really starts to hit the fan.
The wife, Meera (Freida Pinto), wants to get to the bottom of what’s going on. Who’s at the top of her suspect list? Her own husband, Henry (Logan Marshall-Green). What follows is a mystery thriller packed with jump scares where we slowly begin to suspect the husband more and more as time goes on.
I wouldn’t say this is a particularly complicated plot, but it was well executed. The scares were timed in such a way that right when we get comfortable, something throws it off again. The clues that were left for us make sense, and it’s understandable why Meera does what she does. Even though Meera is not good in a crisis, she is still strong enough to be the “hero” of this narrative, which I enjoyed watching. There were a couple of red herrings, and you weren’t sure the exact reasoning for things happening until about halfway through the movie, and it’s fast paced enough that it was fun to watch.
Overall, I would say that this movie is good if you’re looking for an action thriller type movie that doesn’t ask you to do much work mentally. It’s easy to watch, the ending wraps everything up properly, and you know who to cheer for and against the entire time. If you’re looking for a thriller on Netflix, this would be a good choice.