Movie Review: The Intruder

Over the last 10 years there have been many movies released that have the same formula as “The Intruder”. Normally this formula involves a single black woman or a black couple who are stalked or attacked by a white woman or a white man. What happens is a big payoff at the end where the a person or persons have to fight off the stalker or this case an intruder. Clearly, this formula stalker movie makes money at the box office, otherwise so many stories with this exact same idea would not have been made. The problem is, what is the point of making what amounts to the same film, this many times? There has to be a new wrinkle or new idea somewhere within this genre.

This film stars Dennis Quaid as the intruder, a huge departure from most of his recent movies that have been family oriented and involve dogs. The couple in this story who buy a house in Napa Valley, and are stalked by the former owner are played by Meagan Good and Michael Ealy. Unfortunately there is nothing new here and this explains the low ratings on Rotten Tomatoes of only 28% and 5.3 on IMDB and I agree with these numbers and also agree that this movie is not worth seeing. Many will object to the ending, that has the same idea that was shown in the movie Breakdown with Kurt Russel, released in 1997. The ending was probably an attempt to generate more box office for a movie that is just not that good.