Intruder (Acorn TV 2021)

3 Stars

What a tangled web of deceit. The Intruder, currently streaming on Acorn, a British series (not intending a second), is an interesting look into human stupidity of what not to do when you screw it up.

Meet Sam and Rebecca Hickey, living the dream in their gorgeous home on the rocky coast of England. As you will soon learn, the story starts out with a bang. Dinner with friends. Two teens in the dark, waiting for the lights to go out and the occupants to go to bed before they “intrude” into the couple’s home to steal what they can.

However, not all teenage heists go as planned. The two gain entrance, but Sam Hickey is still up working. After one breaks in through a window and lets the other inside, they start grabbing laptops and other carry as you go goodies to steal. Sam hears a noise, investigates, and finds one youth and starts chasing him through the house. Unbeknownst to him, the other has a few of his goods and slips out the door he came into, while Sam is on the rampage to stop the other.

As the intruder starts to crawl through the window he gained entrance with, Sam arrives with knife in hand and stabs the kid in the back. When the teen dies, Sam freaks out and wants to re-stage the scene to make it look like the teen attacked him and not the other way around. As a result, he drags his wife and Amanda (their other crazy guest) into his deceitful plot, only to find out eventually it unravels to the detriment of them all.

Rebecca Hickey, played by the talented Elaine Cassidy, is a survivor. As Sam’s wife, and who you think is the rational one among the three ready to do the right thing, brings a surprising twist to the story. I won’t spoil the outcome, enough to say that morphing into a cold-blooded killer, when her husband in a state of panic stabs another, is enough to turn your blood cold.

Does she get away with murder to preserve herself and survive at any cost? Well, you will have to watch the craziness yourself. Don’t expect any justice in this story.

Acceptable Risk (TV Series 2017)


2 Kernels

Acceptable Risk, streaming on Acorn TV, is an Irish series that aired in 2017.  It’s a drawn-out mystery, focusing on the life of Sarah Manning (played by Elaine Cassidy). Life is peachy until her husband is murdered, and she eventually discovers she married a man of mystery whose actions led to his death.

The story unfolds to a rather convoluted plot that includes corporate corruption, the Canadians getting involved in the investigation, the United States FBI, the local Dublin detectives, a sister, and unyielding Sarah absolutely determined to find out who killed her husband. Thrown into the mix are her children and their issues as she attempts to unravel the mystery shrouding her husband’s true identity.

The character of Sarah Manning at times comes off as obsessive in her search for truth but if it wasn’t for her tenacity the truth would have never been revealed. However, by the end of the series, Sarah became a prickly character that began to grate on my nerves. Nevertheless, you understand her undying motivation to face danger when others in the investigation have thrown in the towel and given up or been told to leave the matter alone or suffer consequences.

The villain of the story is the corporate head, Hans Werner Hoffman, played very coldly by Morten Suurballe. The man literally gives you the chills as the master of evil and manipulation. The other cast members do a fine job, coming in and out of the picture of the story, but Sarah Manning is the die-hard focus that will drag you to the surprising end of corporate greed and secrecy.

To be honest, I had to split this series out into two. Initially, I became bored and uninterested after the first few episodes because Sarah was getting on my nerves. It sat for a month before I returned to finish the series just so I could write you a review!

Since that’s the case, I wouldn’t call this series a binge-worthy watch but more of a slow and sometimes irritating trip to the end credits. Others, of course, may have a different opinion as it appears the series was an “acceptable risk” to watch.  Whatever floats your remote, folks, is fine with me.