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Citadel (2012)



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Tommy Cowley lives a quiet life in a decaying apartment complex with his highly pregnant wife. The couple is attacked one day by a group of hooded young thugs, and after a shocking act of violence, Tommy is left to raise his newborn daughter alone. So shaken by the events that he's developed extreme agoraphobia, Tommy alternates days hiding out indoors in his new flat from imagined threats and intense therapy sessions aimed at bringing him back to normalcy. When the same hooded gang, seemingly intent on kidnapping his daughter, begins terrorizing his life again, he's torn between his paralyzing fear and protective parental instinct. With the help of a vigilante priest who has uncovered the genesis of this ruthless, potentially supernatural gang, Tommy must overcome his fears and venture into the heart of the abandoned tower block known as the CITADEL to save his family.

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Aneurin Barnard
as Tommy Cowley
James Cosmo
as The Priest
Amy Shiels
as Joanna
Charlie Graham
as Feral Child
Chris Hegarty
as Feral Child
Connor McGroary
as Feral Child
Matthew Workman
as Feral Child
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Critic Reviews for Citadel

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (14)

[A] confused, mostly clunky, but occasionally involving, low-budget horror/thriller ...

July 12, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Foy's talent lies in suggesting horror, not delivering it.

July 11, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Despite its defiantly un-PC 'fear-a-hoodie' message, the film nails its urban setting, filling every frame with a richly sustained sense of despair, decay and dread.

July 9, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is a basic story, simply and directly told by Irish writer-director Ciaran Foy.

December 6, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's all rather nausea-inducing and a bit frightening - not the film (I can only wish) but its subtextual message.

November 16, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Citadel" attempts to transform mundane anxieties into the stuff of a horror film. But the initial tension of the premise dissipates like a slow leak.

November 15, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Citadel


I almost let some bad reviews stop my from watching Citadel, but I'm glad I didn't, 'cause personally? I fuckin' loved it. Very reminiscent of Heartless, but a more horror-conforming plot.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer


Add a rev After seeing his wife murdered by a gang of faceless kids in hoodies, a young father becomes an agoraphobic shut-in, but must face his fears when the same gang abducts his baby daughter and take her to the condemned tower block where the murder occurred. A noble attempt, but the enthusiastic first-time Irish writer/director focuses too much on creating psychological/sociological depth, leaving being scary and suspenseful as an afterthought.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer


A few weeks ago I was listening to a podcast and one of the hosts mentioned how good this movie was and how he thought it was the best horror movie of 2012. I had never heard of it, but decided to search it out and give it a shot. The premise is pretty good and creepy. It's about an Irish guy who's pregnant wife is murdered in front of him by this group of demonic kids. The baby survives, and he is left alone to raise the baby. He lives in fear of leaving his apartment for his and the baby's safety, because the kids still lurk in the community and are coming for them. There's a couple twists and turns best left for if you watch, but overall this isn't a very good movie. There's a couple really good scenes, but the rest drags and just doesn't seem to go anywhere. It's an Irish movie, so maybe an Americanized version will get made and it will be better, because I think there is a good movie to be made out of this material. This just isn't it. The acting is just "meh", and the movie is sometimes too dark where you can't get a good enough grasp of what is going on. I'm a big horror fan, and this just didn't meet my expectations. Having said that, I can see why people would think this is good, because it has a good creepiness to it. Watch at your own risk.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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