To be honest, home invasion movies have become rather pedestrian in the last few years, with a few critical and commercial hits spawning far too many inferior copies. However, every now and again a movie breaks out of the regular mold and gives us something a little different, and that’s exactly what happened with “Caught”. Part sci-fi, part home invasion, this film was a little light on action but great for building suspense and dread, thanks to some great acting performances, smart direction, and a great script.
We meet Julie and Andrew (actors Mickey Sumner and Ruben Crow) who both write for a newspaper in rural England. Noticing an increase in military personnel outside of time, they’re reporter instincts kick in, realizing this is something that should be investigated. Soon after a strange couple show up at their door, Mr. and Mrs. Blair, who immediately set off alarm bells with our reporters with their odd and detached behavior. Thinking they might be connected to the military they invite them in, intent on trying to squeeze out some information. That line of thinking goes out the window when things suddenly go very bad and Julie and Andrew find themselves prisoners in their own home, by something far worse than the military.
It a very strange film right off the bat, thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Blair. (Cian Barry and April Pearson) These two are so odd, dressed all in white, they just ooze government agents of some sort. Of course, they end up being far worse but the build up to that, the transition from strange and curious to life threatening and horrifying is wonderful to watch.
Director Jamie Patterson does a great job creating a wonderful atmosphere around the movie, making the viewer question everything while keeping them on the edge of their seat. A nice pace is set that picks up quickly, Patterson moves the film so effortlessly from one thing to another that it feels very real and in the moment.
The bulk of the movie’s success lies with Barry and Pearson, who thankfully are up to the task when it comes to Mr. and Mrs. Blair. Not only are they both convincing as the strange duo that first enters the house but the dynamic between the two, one verbal and inquisitive while the other is less talk and more physical, makes for a great combination. They both come across as terrifying in their own way which allows the tension to build wonderfully as the movie progresses.
While there are thrills and chills along the way, the movie rests in the hands of four individuals in the house to make the moments more frightening, each and every scene. To that end, the movie sometimes lags a bit, maybe suffering from too few thrills for the average movie goer. Some audience members might not enjoy the buildup, wanting more bang for their buck so to speak.
That being said, overall this was a solid movie. It looked great, the acting, especially from our mysterious duo dressed in white, was great and it had a nice creepy feel to it from start to finish. Settle into your seat and give this film a chance, you won’t be disappointed.
Four stars out of five
- Wonderful sense of dread hanging over the movie
- April Pearson and Cian Barry are great together
- Good pace, nice change of pace
- Lack of 'thrills' might turn off some viewers