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The Roommate
BLU-RAY disk
07.11.2011 By: Jacob Riley
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Director:
Christian E. Christiansen

Actors:
Leighton Meester
Minka Kelly
Cam Gigandet

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When freshman Sara's new college roommate develops an obsession for her things quickly turn from unsettling to downright creepy, but will she be able to end it before things turn violent?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE ROOMMATE could have been so much more ... at least it has Billy Zane.

Billed as a sexy suspenseful thriller THE ROOMMATE rarely had me on the edge of my seat or titillated. I don't think it is the acting or writing that is to blame, although those are lacking, but something fundamentally wrong with the movies direction. It seems that director Christian E. Christiansen (Yeah, that's his name) had no concept of what makes a good thriller and any momentum that may have been in the script or performances just fall flat in the final product. It is his first directorial effort, however, and hopefully it was a great learning experience for him I just don't think thrillers are going to be his genre. That said Leighton Meester pulls off the psychotic roommate character pretty well and there were a couple of scenes that were just unsettling enough in their believability but on the whole it is mediocre.

This story may not be a fresh one (SINGLE WHITE FEMALE anyone?) but it lacks even the bare minimum suspense to hook in a viewer. The plot is a foregone conclusion and any twists are seen from a mile away through some large plot holes and a severe lack of depth or originality. There are a few gasp worthy moments, but it is only a smattering of cheap thrills and that does not a thriller make.

As much credit that I want to give to Meester for her earnestly crazed performance Minka Kelly (Sara) sucks it all away with a dull almost phoned-in one. The only other performance,which I thoroughly enjoyed, was Billy Zane's all too brief turn as a pervy fashion professor. Yes, Zane as a college professor ... for fashion, it is as ridiculous as it is awesome.

For all of its failings there is one that truly stands out, THE ROOMMATE was just too tame. It had ample potential to just go balls out but it opted for a safer route that took what could have been a passable story of suspense and paranoia and turned it into 91 minutes of me looking at my watch. It simply felt like a neutered PG-13 flick that could have been a competent R-rated one, but at least there is eye candy.
THE EXTRAS
THE ROOMMATE Blu-ray comes with a bevvy of extras:

Deleted and Alternate Scenes

Director's Commentary

"Obsession": The Making of THE ROOMMATE featurette

THE ROOMMATE: The Next Generation of Stars featurette

Dressing Dangerously
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I would say THE ROOMMATE is a definite pass but for the two redeeming performances of Meester as the psycho-obsessive roommate and Zane just being showing up to the set ready to work. The plot has been covered before and much more effectively but THE ROOMMATE did convince me that my college roommate experience really wasn't that bad and put any troubles that I had into perspective and for that I say it may be worth a rental if you have an hour and a half to kill.

Note to self: Never, ever get a belly-button ring. Ever.
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