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Weekend Opener The Intruder—The Perfect Mystery or a Waste of Time?

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Now that warm weather has officially set in most US cities, that means one thing—its Summer movie season! Over the weekend, movie goers had an opportunity to see Michael Ealy, Meagan Good and Hollywood veteran, Dennis Quaid in The Intruder. 

The overall plot for The Intruder is about a couple who just purchased their dream home from a mysterious and lonely widower named Charlie in Napa Valley. The couple’s paradise soon turns into a nightmare when they soon realize Charlie is still attached to their dream home.

While it was great to finally see Good on the big screen after many years, it was also an odd pairing with Hollywood hunk, Ealy. At first glance, it was refreshing to see both Ealy and Good’s on screen chemistry but as the film progresses, you can’t help but wish for another counterpart for Ealy. While Good is beautiful, her acting skills could use a little tune up.

The Intruder is part of the drama/mystery category and rightfully so. There are a few thrills throughout the film, but I would not classify the film in the suspense or thriller categories. There were also a few feel good moments throughout the film, but in many ways we’ve seen them before throughout Hollywood. 

Ealy’s character was certainly a switch up for him. In his previous roles movie goers were use to seeing him portray the bad guy or the stalker. However, we see him portray a doting and loving husband simply wanting to make his wife happy even if it means plotting a way to get rid of their unwanted house guest. Simply put, Ealy’s character was perfect.

However, when it comes to Good’s role in the film, some of it is questionable. Scenes with her and Quaid were very believable and also relatable. It wasn’t much the case with her and Ealy. At first glance you almost wish this was a real life pair but then once the story line progresses, you have to wonder if this is Good, or the character she is portraying. Who smiles through an argument with your hubby? Good’s character did and that was questionable. 

There is a distinct backstory between Ealy and Good’s characters that was missing from the film. If the writers were to have dug into it a bit deeper, some of the antics Good played would’ve made more sense. 

One word describes Quaid’s performance in the film—outstanding. His mysterious character kept the film going in my opinion and the ended was a bit of a shocker. Simply put, his character kept the crowd in suspense mode. 

Overall, The Intruder is a movie worth seeing simply because both Michael Ealy and Meagan Good are part of the ensemble cast giving headway to Black Hollywood. There are a few scenes that’ll make you jump but that’s to be expected. It was also good to see a black professional couple being portrayed versus the stereotypical roles. 

Should you wait until The Intruder is released on DVD to see it? No, but if budget is a concern for you, it can wait. Now that Good has made her debut in the drama/mystery category it will be good to see what kind of roles she takes on next. 

Samantha Pounds is an avid reader, entertainment junkie and loves a good glass of wine. When she is not busy writing or researching she enjoys a career in public relations. A journalist by trade, Samantha received her B.S. from Indiana State University where she majored and minored in public relations and marketing. She also holds her A.S. in journalism.

Samantha Pounds is an avid reader, entertainment junkie and loves a good glass of wine. When she is not busy writing or researching she enjoys a career in public relations. A journalist by trade, Samantha received her B.S. from Indiana State University where she majored and minored in public relations and marketing. She also holds her A.S. in journalism.

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