Bereft father, Tommy, is left to raise his newborn daughter alone after his wife is brutally murdered by a gang of menacing, feral youths who roam the streets at night, wreaking havoc over the community. In order to protect his daughter, Tommy must face his biggest fear and return to the tower block that has plagued his dreams for so long. Teaming up with a vigilante Priest who is hell-bent on ridding the city of evil, Tommy soon discovers that the twisted children may be more unearthly than he had first feared...
Citadel is a Scottish/Irish film by first time director Ciaran Foy, about a man, Tommy, who is left to raise his son after the sudden death of his wife at the hands of a violent gang. As if this trauma wasn’t enough however Tommy also suffers from paralysing acrophobia and social anxiety.
After the death of his wife Tommy is hounded by the gang who put his wife in a coma, burglarized, repeatedly beaten and harassed he finally decides to put a stop to the gang’s terrorizing and free his local community.
Acting as both writer and director Foy, who was also violently beaten by a group of youths at aged eighteen, the film seems to be some kind of emotional release for Foy, through Tommy he explores the trauma of his attack and manages to dispel some of his personal demons along the way.
With all this said however, don’t expect Citadel to be much of an intellectual experience, it is undeniably a horror movie, yet the underlying social commentary gives the film enough weight to be taken seriously, the overall impression the film gives you is one of a dark but nonetheless raucous fun. Expect a mad Priest, demonic possessions, violence and Game of Thrones James Cosmo, Citadel is a well made, dark and original horror most genre fans will enjoy.