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VODetails: 'Citadel'

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by Matt Singer
January 29, 2013 10:03 AM
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"Citadel."
More and more films premiere on Video on Demand -- if they don't simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we're looking at "Citadel," a horror film about a widower whose agoraphobia may not be as irrational as it appears -- not a documentary about the military college of South Carolina.

Director: Ciaran Foy

Cast: Aneurin BarnardJames Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku

Criticwire Average: B- (16 critics)

Official Synopsis: "An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children who committed an act of violence against his family years earlier."

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Reviews:

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

"A horrifying thriller painted on a small and very dark canvas."

Noel Murray, The A.V. Club:

"An inventive combination of tense realism and more over-the-top horror."

Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times:

"Steeped in the fear of poverty, the film prompts us to wonder what’s gestating in those low-income tower blocks: feral monsters or economically deprived delinquents?"

Samuel Zimmerman, Fangoria

"It's a strange case of both the surface and subtextual levels of a film being so tightly knit, the story doesn't feel balanced."

Calum Marsh, Slant Magazine:

"You can't make a British horror film these days without straining to articulate class anxieties, and Ciaran Foy's 'Citadel' is no exception."

"Citadel" is now available on DVD and VOD.

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