Directed by: Antti J. Jokinen
Written by: Antti Jokinen, Robert Orr, Erin Cressida Wilson
Starring: Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lee Pace, Christopher Lee
Studio: Hammer Film Productions
Review by: Eric Stuckart
There is a very fine line when it comes to suspense dramas. Go too far over that line and the whole thing falls apart for a myriad of reasons. If you have to suspend your disbelief too much, many times the whole affair becomes an exercise in clichés and cheesy dialogue, and you end up laughing at the scenario rather than getting wrapped up in the characters and their problems.
This is the most prevalent issue with The Resident, a direct-to-DVD (and Blu-ray) film starring Hilary Swank as Juliet Devereau, a recently-single doctor who just wants to find a nice, affordable apartment in New York. To her surprise, she thinks she found the perfect loft for an unbelievable price when she meets handsome Max, effortlessly alternating between charismatic and unbelievably creepy, courtesy of Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The loft is beautiful and spacious, and she’s quick to move in. But soon after, she begins to feel like she’s being watched, and paranoia quickly sets in. Is it Max, or is it his equally disturbing grandfather (Christopher Lee)? (more…)