Galway Film Fleadh 2012 Cinema Review: Citadel

DIR: Ciarán Foy • WRI: Ciarán Foy • PRO: Brian Coffey, Katie Holly • DOP: Tim Fleming • ED: Tony Kearns, Jake Roberts • Cast: Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku, Amy Shiels


Tension from the start, one not to be missed! Within the first two minutes Foy already had me on the edge of my seat, terrified and rooting for his lead character. The film opens with Tommy Cowley (Aneurin Barnard) a young married man on the brink of fatherhood when his wife Joanne (Amy Shiels) is attacked by a gang of unknown “hoodies”.

It had everything you want in a horror.  This first scene sets in motion a turning point in Tommy’s  life that inflicts him with chronic agoraphobia. He is trapped in a decaying part of suburbia  fighting between what is real and what he fears may ensue. But are his concerns valid?

It’s a perfect horror, if there’s such a thing. The concept is simple, although contains a couple of clichés. So, had it not have been for the amazing direction, vision and writing of Ciarán Foy the film would have fallen flat on its arse. Luckily that wasn’t the case and Foy was helped due to the fantastic acting of Aneurin Barnard and the supporting cast. Barnard depicts a chronic agoraphobia so well that there are moments when you could just break down and cry for him!

Fortunately, Foy manages to throw in some light comedic moments where you can get rid of any nervous energy that builds up inside. Which you will find will happen due to the extreme tension, fear and occasional moments of sheer horror. And isn’t that what it’s all about?!

Lynn Larkin


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