Movie Review – The Resident (2011)

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resident_xlgI watched this movie ages ago and meant to write up a review but never got around to it for some reason.

To be honest, the movie didn’t make that much of an impact after watching it, which is too bad because I’d been looking forward to it.  I’d seen the trailer when it was first released and thought it would look like a smart psychological thriller.

I was unfortunately disappointed.

Hammer Films, which was previously known for it’s schlocky horror movies over the years as well as well-loved classics like Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Mummy, has seen a resurgence in the past half dozen years.  Their most notable titles recently have been The Woman in Black (2012) and Let Me In (2010).

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Hammer Films, also known as Hammer Film Productions, is a British film and television production company based in London, United Kingdom.

Founded in 1934 it is one of the oldest still active British film production companies. Its success was largely built on the back of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) which is thought to be the origin of British Horror, and is widely regarded as one of the most important horror films of all time. [1]

Although Hammer is most notably associated with horror, productions have varied from noir to sci-fi, drama and black comedy, and it has produced television series and single dramas, as well as feature films. (Source: Wikipedia)

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This film stars Hilary Swank as a city doctor finding a place of her own after a breakup with her partner, and eventually rents a huge (and financially unrealistic) apartment from hottie landlord Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

When a young doctor suspects she may not be alone in her new Brooklyn loft, she learns that her landlord has formed a frightening obsession with her. (Source: IMDb)

RESIDENT, THEThe film also stars the brilliant but barely used Christopher Lee as Morgan’s sick uncle who comes across as super creepy from the start.  Of course Lee is no stranger to Hammer Films, as he famously portrayed Count Dracula in Horror of Dracula (1958).  He was obviously cast in  The Resident as a link to the classic horror era, as well as his acting abilities of course.

Now I was hoping this film would work, especially since I’ve enjoyed both the lead actors in their previous roles and they were terrific together in P.S. I Love You (I know, a completely different genre of film, but was still enjoyable).  The entire film just seemed awkward and there didn’t seem to be much chemistry between them.. especially in the scenes when there’s supposed to be something between them.

As for the movie itself, the plot was fairly straight forward and not exactly ground breaking.  Sure there were a few startling moments, especially when Swank’s watching some motion-activated camera recordings, but overall most of the movie was dark and hard to watch.  I know they were trying for a creepy ambiance and all, but it just made it hard to see what was actually happening.

Overall I personally wouldn’t rush to go watch this movie, but if you’re looking for something simple, easy to watch without the scares or thrills promised in the below trailer, then have at it.

But I wouldn’t waste money on it though..

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