Intrusion: Movie Review

Director: Adam Salky

Cast: Freida Pinto, Logan Marshall-Green, Robert John Burke, Sarah Minnich, Yvette Fazio-Delaney Clint Obenchain, Mark Sivertsen, Megan Elisabeth Kelly

Genre: Thriller, mystery

Country/Language: USA / English

Release date: September 22, 2021

Duration: 1 hr 33 min

Rating: 13+

On Wednesday, Netflix dropped a new thriller starring Freida Pinto (‘Slumdog Millionaire’) as Meera Parsons, a counsellor and therapist. She has been married to Henry (Logan Marshall-Green) for 12 years. It is revealed that the couple had a tough time with Meera suffering from breast cancer. This subplot resurfaces again when it is revealed to be a part of a much bigger conflict later on in the film. The movie begins with a couple moving to a small town in the West Coast where Henry, who’s an architect, has built them a house. Just when they are settling down in their new home, one day they discover that someone has broken into their house.

‘Intrusion’ is a scary film even when no physical violence occurs. When Meera and Henry go about their days, working, holding a housewarming party or just interacting with the townspeople, there is an unexplainable sense of increasing dread and anxiety. There is minimal jump scare, but when they do happen, it will spook the viewer.

‘Intrusion’ is fast-paced and steady, never wasting a second with unnecessary shots and actions. There are details that are revealed to us without obvious exposition through dialogue. The foreshadowings are set up perfectly and pay off splendidly later on. No revelation, mini-plot twist, character or dialogue is wasted and always leads to something bigger, even being set up as a Chekhov’s gun.

The end reveal may be predictable to some viewers while totally unexpected to others. But one thing’s for sure, what could have felt like a B-grade thriller movie à la ‘Secret Obsession’ and ‘Broken Vows’ is saved by Freida Pinto’s strong presence. Much of the movie heavily rests on Pinto’s shoulders. The model and actress surprisingly delivers a convincing performance of a traumatized and scared wife who needs to stay strong in the face of sinister forces.

‘Intrusion’ is genuinely disturbing, scary and smart. It doesn’t talk down to the audience but patiently throws clues our way for us to complete the mental puzzle by ourselves.

‘Intrusion’ is currently streaming on Netflix. It is ranking #8 in India Today as of print.

Also read: ‘Confessions of an Invisible Girl’: a bubbly & sweet Netflix comedy

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