Decent, professionally made horror thriller, I don’t think it quite rose to the level I wanted it to, but I overall enjoyed it. Pacing was good, it was well cast with solid acting, good production values, I do think in the third act of the film there was some plot and premise issues, not in the sense of not being enjoyable or it being confusing, but I am not sure I entirely bought the change in terms of threat and a changeover in personality and motivations of the main character.
The film centers on a woman named Anna Rook (played by Beth Riesgraf), a woman who has not left the home she grew up in the ten years since her father died. She is a severe agoraphobic (to the point of just being paralyzed with anxiety if she so much as steps outside the door). Her life is wrapped up in caring for her dying brother Conrad (Timothy T. McKinney), who has terminal pancreatic cancer. The only other people she ever sees is a lawyer who comes by one time and the person who delivers her prepared meals every day, a young man she befriends (Dan Cooper, played by Rory Culkin).
I don’t think it is too spoilerish to say that early on in the film Conrad dies. Conrad had urged Anna to go on with her life, to move out and find a life of her own, but we see that Anna can’t even leave the house to attend his funeral, so bad is her agoraphobia. Sadly people had expected Anna to leave, knew that there was a considerable amount of money in the house, and arrive during the funeral to rob the place. Anna hides in terror from the burglars, a group of local men, but as one might guess from the other reviews and the description of the movie, agoraphobia is possibly the least worrisome of Anna’s deep mental issues and soon the burglars are in grave danger.
I liked the turning of the tables, I liked how the whole time though Anna was shown as a capable defender she wasn’t superhuman and was still vulnerable, I liked the complex relationship between Anna and Dan, and the deep dark secret of Anna’s home was definitely messed up. My main issue was really how quickly Anna changes from seemingly meek, even weak, to definitely not meek or weak. My other issue was in trying to find a character to root for. Anna at first, clearly, but as I learned more about her yeah maybe not so much. Definitely not the semi-murderous mean burglars at first, but later on human nature kicks in and I do feel a little sorry for them (as in you are bad people and deserved to be caught and punished but geez not like that). Pacing was decent the whole film, it had some surprises, it was well cast and acted, so overall a good horror thriller.