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Citadel Review

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When he witnesses his wife's fatal assault at the hands of a group of hoodies, Tommy (Barnard) raises his newborn baby in a pervading atmosphere of dread and paranoia. He's left house bound and coiled for violence.

★★★★★

An agoraphobic worm turns on the mutant hoodies that kidnapped his baby in this horror thriller. It’s well intentioned and sporadically effective but mostly laughable. Lifts work in derelict buildings; nobody ever uses a mobile or calls the police; and saboteurs begin their demolition work at the bottom of tower blocks, blocking their exits. There’s some lip service paid to the idea that not all inner-city kids are necessarily murderous homunculi, but the film has none of the brutal wit of Eden Lake or the slickness of Them.

Plenty of pungent ideas and a nice line in urban terror. The final product falls short of the best in Brit horror, though.