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The Resident

The Resident
Clint

By Brian Orndorf

One has to accept “The Resident” as it is, otherwise there’s just no fun to be had. A mindless horror/chiller that preys upon numerous single lady fears, the picture is generally well crafted and supplies a few satisfying jolts. Logic and editing aren’t the movie’s best friends, but accepted as a modest creep-out with a few semi-salacious touches and “The Resident” delivers the icks and scares, permitting star Hilary Swank a chance to relax her intense method approach and explore her lung power.

Broken by her longtime boyfriend’s infidelity, E.R. doctor Juliet (Hilary Swank) has found difficulty moving on with her life, unable to secure a suitable residence and forget her past. Out of thin air, an apartment opens up offering ideal rent and a breathtaking New York City view, with property owner Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) eager to offer Juliet the opportunity of a lifetime. Taking the space, Juliet quickly settles in, only to find the ambiance of the abode off, with creepy noises and a general air of disturbance keeping her on edge. Following her instincts, Juliet soon discovers something is happening to her inside the apartment, with unseen forces intensifying their presence the more she resists.

“The Resident” is not a classy suspense picture, dealing with unsavory elements of voyeurism and sexual violation that lend the film a disquieting energy, though the feature is largely free of overt hostility. A product of the recently relaunched Hammer Films (studio icon Christopher Lee appears briefly as Max’s cantankerous grandfather), “The Resident” feels out a tale of discomfort and paranoia, following raw nerve Juliet as she gradually seizes the frightening reality of her dwelling. At first delighted with her hunky, sensitive landlord (opening her heart up to new lustful experiences away from her ex), Juliet soon comes to realize her attraction was incorrect, turned off by Max’s invasive personality. It’s a too-good-to-be-true scenario in both heart and home for our heroine, with the feature examining her burgeoning realization that all is not well inside the idyllic apartment.

Director Antti Jokinen manages the suspense with cool precision, employing exceptional cinematography to tinker excitedly with shadows and perspective, summoning an edgy mood of sensuality and voyeurism. “The Resident” plays it simple for the opening act, developing Juliet’s interior ache and eagerness with Max, before it flips the entire narrative inside out, twisting the story into one of obsession, using Juliet’s seclusion in the apartment and the city at large as a way to pry open an unnerving sense of exposure. The change in perspective is sudden, but it clicks smoothly with the rest of the picture, assuming a different stance of menace, moving the film away from an overt horror routine to something lurid, capably executed by the filmmaker.

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Clint is the creator, editor and maintainer of Moviehole. Loves David Lynch, David Fincher... actually, any filmmaker by the name of David.

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