Movie Review Rewind: The Resident (2011)

Brandon Vick flips the calendar back to 2011 for a look at Hilary Swank in The Resident on this edition of Movie Review Rewind!

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Director Antti Jokinen wants you to believe The Resident is a horror film about something going on in a woman’s loft and how she is not alone. Well it is not scary one bit. But the movie is slow, stupid, creepy, and senseless. I enjoy Hilary Swank because she is an amazing actress and she has two Oscars to prove it. This does not showcase hardly any of the talent she has, but the director does make her look sexy, I’ll give him that. It hardly makes up for the movie having absolutely no logic or thrills.

Juliet (Swank) is a young doctor who finds a New York loft with a price that is too good to be true. The landlord is Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), along with his grandfather August (Christopher Lee), and he seems so charming and helpful. The truth is he has been following Juliet almost from the very beginning and his plan of getting her in to his building so he can spy and watch her is successful. At first, Juliet begins to hear things but thinks it’s just her. Slowly, more and more things begin to occur until she finally has to put motion cameras in her apartment so she can see if she really is alone in her own place.

Morgan possibly plays the weirdest character I have seen on film in a while. As far as being creepy and obsessive, he does a terrific job. But he really isn’t that threatening and if Swank’s character was more intelligent, he wouldn’t get away with hardly any of it. There is a scene where Juliet is asleep and Max is so close to her face, it would wake anyone up. But not her because she is a “deep” sleeper. The movie has no sense and neither do the characters. The whole story is preposterous. It is just ridiculous.

The Resident is one of the worst movies of the year so far, and I have a feeling it will be one of the worst by the end of 2011. There is no suspense or mystery to any of it. The director tells you exactly who it is and how he orchestrated it all about thirty minutes in to it. So the audience is left watching these two stumble around and act scared or crazy until the end, which is so predictable and disappointing because you wait around hoping it gets better and it never does.

Brandon Vick is a member of The Music City Film Critics’ Association and the Southeastern Film Critics Association, the resident film critic of the SoBros Network, and the star of The Vick’s Flicks Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @SirBrandonV and be sure to search #VicksFlicks for all of his latest movie reviews.

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