One of the our worst fears is our home, our safe haven, becoming our prison. We worry about someone invading our homes, threatening our families, maybe even hurting our loved ones. We know the ins and outs of our own homes, but what if you were trapped in someone else’s home trying to survive? Movie goers love to watch thrillers and scary movies with these scenarios and think about how they would react, or what they would do. In the 2015 film, ‘Tiger House’, now available for viewing on Netflix, director Thomas Daley brings the screenplay by Simon Lewis to life and plays on our fears setting up a very intense situation for a young girl trying to survive in a home taken over by dangerous killers.
In ‘Tiger House’ Kaya Scodelario, known for her role in “The Maze Runner”, plays Kelly, a young gymnast whose future dreams are ended by a horrible accident with her boyfriend. Years later Kelly sneaks in her boyfriend’s house and spends the night. Suddenly their night together is thrown into terror as four ruthless intruders break in and tie up her boyfriend and his family. Kelly is able to hide in the house and now finds herself in peril as she struggles to find a way out to get help, and save the family.
While ‘Tiger House’ has a perfect set up to make a great movie, the idea just isn’t carried through all the way. There are several instances that are unnecessary, and lots of information that is unfortunately left out. For unknown reasons Daley constantly cuts back to the black and white home security cameras, which provides no additional information, or drama, or even adds to the plot. In truth, the accident that ruins Kelly’s gymnastics career isn’t important either. The four men who tie up the family are interesting and there is a hint that they have been successful in other robberies before. There is also a hint of history with them and a little bit of info given to the viewers, but over all there is no back up story of how they planned this robbery or how they all got together.
The actors playing the trespassers are impressive in their roles, some calm, cool, and professional, while another tries to hide his blood thirsty insanity. Kaya Scodelario is very believable and sympathetic as Kelly. She looks terrified, but when backed into the corner she fights to survive. Other characters that should be more important to the film barley get any screen time, especially the boyfriends father. When the ending finally arrives, it leaves the viewers very disappointed. After an intense build up the conclusion is very anti-climatic and a twist added is not really that surprising.
While ‘Tiger House’ has the tools to be an amazing thriller, it instead leaves viewers disappointed and thirsting for a better film. It’s worth checking out for the set up, and for Kaya Scodelario’s performance, but know that when the end comes, you’ll desperately need to watch another film to fulfill your suspense craving.