THE RESIDENT (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
What's it about
A rookie doctor is looking for a place to live in the big city. She immediately finds a place and becomes involved with the landlord who rents it to her. Naturally, he's a psychopath and things get messy.
Is it good movie?
I admit it, I kind of like the 'Fatal Attraction' sort of gimmick. Sure, they're not always the best movies but they can provide some decent entertainment and suspense. This is not one of those enjoyable movies.
It's surprising that this movie features Oscar winner Hilary Swank (who has really done nothing since) and that it's a Hammer film. Hammer's coming off a bit of an upturn, quality-wise after Let Me In, and then comes this film to stink the joint up. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the Comedian himself is the other anchor of the movie, playing our psycho-in-overalls. He's easily the best part of the film, although his crazy second half isn't quite as endearing. Anyway, this is a super straightforward movie that leaves pretty much nothing to the imagination. Girl finds place, girl meets dude, girl likes dude, dude is crazy, conflict, end. Now don't' get mad at me for spoilers, because that is as generic as it gets. As I said before, I think that this sort of hackneyed treatment can be a bit of a guilty pleasure but it absolutely is not here and I'll let you know why.
The biggest problem with this movie is that it's pretty silly and is just too predictable. You know the point near the end when everything unravels and you find out exactly how crazy the killer is and how he pulled off all of his devious tricks? Well, that happens about a half an hour into this movie. To begin with, Morgan's character Max is just a super friendly guy who just happens to go completely nuts. He doesn't show any signs of having evil within until the very moment when you get all the flashback scenes showing how crazy he is.
I could understand it if he were wronged or really set back but for the most part, the relationship between the two is going pretty well until he is simply revealed that he is nuts. Another big problem with this movie is Hilary Swank's character, who is truly inept. She's fickle, rude and leads people on (the whole ex-boyfriend thing is head-smacking) and don't even get me started on the editing when she goes through the surveillance footage from her camera near the end of the film. There's this weird focus on her character being 'sexy' and showing off her goods, which seems out of place in a movie that is mostly pretty PG rated. I don't know if it was really her or a body double, but these scenes smacked me as weird.
Everything here feels (and is) familiar and dull. There's also way too much 'creepy music playing loudly while nothing really happens', a problem that made The Stepfather remake (which was truly hilarious and far worse than this) laughable. The movie beats you over the head with its lack of subtlety and manages to completely waste Christopher Lee, who winks lovingly at the camera in a brief role as Max's disapproving grandfather. There's just not a lot to love unless you're a really casual suspense fan.
Video / Audio
Video comes in a 1080p 2.35:1 widescreen transfer and looks pretty good. Detail is sharp, skin tones look good, no real complaints.
Audio is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and although the movie tends to overuse the whole 'scary, suspenseful music' gimmick, this is a great audio track.
There's nothing on this disc to make it any better than the source material (although it looks about as good as it can), and the film is hackneyed, familiar and poorly edited. Most of all, The Resident is just no fun.