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RESIDENT, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
ER surgeon Juliet Devereau (Hilary Swank) can't believe her luck, when she finds a spacious New York loft apartment with a view at an incredibly low price. Additionally, the building's owner Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is not only helpful, but attractive to boot. He might be the distraction she needs to get over her husband Jack (Lee Pace) from whom she has recently separated. But just as Juliet is settling into her new apartment and getting to know Max better, she starts hearing noises. Little does she suspect that Max is hiding a dark secret, watching her from the shadows.

Review by Louise Keller:
Elevated by the luminous presence of Hilary Swank, this chilling psychological thriller is darned creepy. Director Antti Jokinen's script (written with Robert Orr) is nicely paced and makes us feel relatively secure before we are thrown headlong into terrifying territory. It's a horror scenario cleverly realized with an eerie soundscape giving a sense of unease throughout.

Juliet Devereau (Swank) is an ER surgeon who spends her days encountering crisis situations. As the film begins, she is attending one of these. No wonder that she is eager to find a tranquil haven at night - especially now that she has broken up with her ex. But finding a well-priced pad in New York City is not easy, so when the dream apartment turns up, she couldn't be happier. At first, everything seems wonderful with her charming landlord Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) paying her special attention and making her feel welcome. But she is wary of his gruff grandfather (Christopher Lee) who is always watching from his door at the end of the corridor. Soon she becomes jittery and it is more than the shaking of the building as the trains rattle by.

Is she reading the wrong signals from Max about a potential relationship? Should she answer the persistent calls from her ex Jack (Lee Pace)? Morgan is terrific as Max, who thinks secrets should be kept secret and goes from handsome charmer to nightmare psycho. I like the way the film introduces a different point of view after the first 30 minutes, when the clock is wound back and we see all the events through different eyes.

Much of the film is unsettling and I held my breath in many of the scenes when Juliet realizes she is being watched - as she relaxes in the bath and while she sleeps. The moment when she watches the video surveillance to see what happened during the night is one of the film's most chilling. There are a few red herrings and although it's a bit over the top as the film leads up to its heart-pounding climactic moments, it is good entertainment. Surprising that the film never got a theatrical release. Don't watch it alone late at night.

Published March 2, 2011

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RESIDENT, THE: DVD (MA15+)
(US, 2011)

CAST: Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lee Pace, Christopher Lee, Aunjanue Ellis, Sean Rosales

PRODUCER: Tobin Armbrust, Cary Brokaw, Guy East, Simon Oakes

DIRECTOR: Antti Jokinen

SCRIPT: Antti Jokinen, Robert Orr

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Guillermo Navarro

EDITOR: Stuart Levy, Bob Murawski

MUSIC: John Ottman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: J. Dennis Washington

RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16: 9

SPECIAL FEATURES: .

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: May 19, 2011







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