DVD The Resident

DVD The Resident
DVD The Resident

Run time: 91 min
Rating: 5.2
Genres: Mystery | Thriller
Director: Antti Jokinen
Writers: Antti Jokinen, Robert Orr
Stars: Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lee Pace
Storyline
In New York, Dr. Juliet Bliss Devereau of the Brooklyn General Hospital has ended her relationship with her boyfriend Jack and is seeking an apartment in Brooklyn to live alone. She finds a bargain in an old apartment building owned by the handsome and lonely Max and one night she misinterprets his signals and dates him. However she concludes that it is too soon to have a love affair and she asks Max to leave her apartment. However she does not know that Max is a deranged man obsessed on her and that he spies her from secret openings in her apartment. Further, Max is drugging Juliet every night and sexually abusing her. Juliet has troubles to wake up in the morning to go to the hospital and decides to install a monitoring system in her apartment. She learns the truth about Max but how will she escape from the insane landlord? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Plot Keywords: landlord, mirror, new york city, erotica, panties
Details:
Country: UK, USA
Release Date: 11 March 2011 (UK)
Box Office
Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

4 Comments

  1. 'The Resident' is a handsome looking thriller, with some really beautiful cinematography in particular (by Hellboy's Guillermo Navarro), & high production values in general. Unfortunately, that's about all that's going for it – there's nothing even remotely new or surprising on display in this film, nothing you won't have seen a hundred times before.

    Hilary Swank is a young ER doctor who moves into a new apartment building in Brooklyn, owned by the charming & handsome Max, who we come to find is psychotically obsessed with her..

    Yep, like I said, you see where this is going. Swank isn't called on to do anything much more than take her clothes off every once in awhile, which is a pity as she can be a fine actress, given the right role. Jeffrey Dean Morgan's performance as Max is delicate, sensual & actually quite moving early on, but he is at odds with the film he is appearing in, which simply wants him to be a generic cardboard cut-out psycho. There is no real attempt at explanation for Max's behaviour, & no empathy for him as a human being. His maleness is portrayed as a threat, & creepy simply by definition.

    Christopher Lee is, as always, a welcome sight, but is wasted as a spooky 'Norma Bates' style parent with about 4½ minutes of screen time. The only other male in the film is Juliet's "asshole" ex-boyfriend Jack, who has even less screen-time than Lee, & if you've seen any of this genre of film before, you'll have a pretty good idea what he's for, what he does, & where he ends up.

    This is a misandric movie because there are no ordinary men in it, only bad, psychotic or inadequate men. The woman, on the other hand, is portrayed as entirely good & a victim to boot. Which makes it no different from countless other films you've seen before, of course. But the point is, there will be countless more, if no-one ever stops to point it out.

    I wish there was more to say. There's a couple of good shocks in there towards the end, & some nicely handled suspense but it just seems a pity to have wasted them on something so wholly unoriginal & unpleasant as this.

  2. I expected Hilary Swank to produce so much better, but this film was merely a vehicle for her to show off her body which is a surprise from an Oscar-winning actress.

    The direction and atmosphere was suspenseful, but the lack of depth to the plot and narrative was such a disappointment given such good production. There are unanswered questions and missed opportunities which are hugely frustrating given the quality of filming.

    I was glad not to have watched this in a cinema because I would have felt trapped and assaulted to have sat all the way through the chasing and fighting in the last 20 minutes. As it was, with control of the fast forward, I could skip the repetitive hide and seek.

    There was no satisfying explanation for this perverted stalking landlord choosing his tenant, and no intelligent reason for wanting to watch until the end, unless you just enjoy gratuitous violence.

    Suitable for post-pub group viewing, Resident is fine for mindless scares; but the lack of whodunnit and whydunnit just leaves the viewer wondering why did I watch it.

  3. Somewhat creepy, a voyeuristic "ick" factor, even decent acting but it never feels grounded and completely falls apart by the end. To its credit, the idea might've sounded better on paper, but doesn't work on film.

    A major problem is we have little connection with our characters other than the likability and vulnerability Hilary Swank naturally brings to the screen. But there is no motivation for anything that happens: from coincidental meetings, to needing a giant apartment, to why the over-the-top infatuation, etc.

    The plot holes are so gaping it ruins the realism. Seriously, would somebody visiting a hospital really find an ER doc extremely hot in scrubs? Is a $3800 apartment a good deal for any single lady? Why would a voyeur need to stalk around inside an apartment when he's got every vantage point from behind the walls? It's just full of dumb… and frankly, without realism you're removed from caring too much and it's not scary.

    Oh, and if your only interest is peeking in on Hilary Swank (yes, pun intended), you'll likely be disappointed on that level as well.

    Naturally the very moment "the resident" discovers the secrets of her landlord, she has no opportunity to escape, cell phone stops working, boyfriend is… well, basically the ending is full of chasing and one gotcha scare after another… and another… and another. Did they rewrite the script a bunch of times, but forget to remove the early endings? Perhaps the gotcha scares work on some level, but by the end I just wanted everything in fast-forward… and that's saying something for a movie where the credits roll after only 86 minutes. Skip it!

  4. The Resident surprised me… first because stars Hillary Swank, who also is the producer and who also won 2 Academy Awards, and second because it's a Hammer production, which historically produced all of the most known B movies in history.

    For me it's just a reworking of Sleeping With The Stranger (1991), the difference here is that the main character doesn't know it. This could be a lot entertaining if Hillary Swank wasn't attached to it, and could be a lot interesting and nostalgic if the movie wasn't too serious.

    I can't blame the plot, which is very interesting though the great collection of clichés and some bad character's development destroy the main subject and entire movie.

    It has a good beginning and is never hidden from the audience the mad obsession of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's character. He portrays it perfectly when he's frustrated or punishing himself when rejected. There's a moment when he asks Hillary Swank's character what is happening between them because she was who kissed him first, and then she says: "THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE DO!". That scene is very interesting because we can feel his pain and the movie was exploring it great till that moment. Then everything become a completely mess and the movie transforms into another regular thriller with that ordinary 'cat & mouse' thing and Jeffrey's character, which was just a regular guy suffering from obsession, becomes an ordinary serial killer.

    The movie ends as it should exactly in the moment that you were expecting since the very first minute, or the very first trailer if you have watched.

    Is just an empty movie with some rare good moments and a lot of other lazy I've-seen-that-before moments, a waste in Hillary's career.

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