Movie Review – The Resident (2011)

The Resident (2011)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.

Director: Antti Jokinen
Writers: Antti Jokinen, Robert Orr
Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Hilary Swank and Christopher Lee

The Resident is a movie that has drawn a lot of interest. I was happy that I was able to view it early, so let’s see how it panned out.

To set a backstory here, we have the director, Antti Jokinen, who was previously best known for a TV segment with the band Lordi and a video for Symphonic Metal band Nightwish entitiled Nightwish: End of an Era. Of course, I do not have a problem with either band per se, but I sometimes wonder how someone with such little experience gets offered a chance to direct AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem.

So, here we are at The Resident starring Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Swank is best known for her knockout (no pun intended) role in Million Dollar Baby. Jeffrey Dean Morgan may well be best known for his roles in Supernatural and Grey’s Anatomy. Back to Hilary Swank for a second. As I mentioned previously, her role in Million Dollar Baby was amazing as was the movie itself.

I have been looking forward to this one for a little while now because the premise seemed interesting enough and I am a fan of Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as well. Not knowing much about the director was a little bit worrisome, but like I said, the premise was interesting enough to draw me in.

What I did not expect, and what I received, was an absolute borefest. The acting was fine, but the script was boring and the story was slow, and that it putting it lightly. I was actually into the movie until about 30 minutes in when the story began to unravel and you saw the plan that Jeffrey Dean Morgan put in place to trick Hilary Swank into moving into his building and getting closer to her. As we see Swank, who previously broke up with her boyfriend try to make amends with him, you pretty much know what is going to happen. Bad guy wants to off the good guy and the leading lady finally figures out the master plan.

The story was mediocre at best and the reveal was thrown into the movie much to early. The missed too many opportunities to have you think that Morgan was unhinged. One of the scenes that was supposed to show Morgan and his evil ways was a seen with his father, played by the legend Christopher Lee. By the time that scene hit, it did not move me in any way.

In case you you missed my opinion on The Resident, just skip it. It really is a shame because it had the opportunity to be anything else than what is was. If you have any thoughts on the film, post them below.

  • This guy is weird to the extreme but hot as heck!

  • I just watched this and felt the same way as you. Felt like a horrible 90’s t.v. movie. Not what I was expecting with the return of Hammer films and the fact it was a hammer movie set in the us. Just horrible all around. Getting ready to watch Tucker & Dale so hopefully that is better.

  • Well, he is nearly 90 years old. I guess we should be thankful he able to appear at all. I’m amazed how strong (and booming) his voice remains. Iconic.

  • I was very sad to see what a small role Christopher Lee had in this film.

  • Damn. This is sad news. I was hoping for better. This is another modern Hammer Film (another was Let Me In) and I’d like to see them succeed. It would be fantastic to have a film company speciallizing in theatrical horror films again. It had a promising cast, including Christopher Lee! Sigh.

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