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The Lodger (2009)

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A couple rents out a room to a mysterious young man, who may or may not be guilty of a series of grisly neighborhood murders.

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Chandler Manning
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Bunting
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Amanda
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Dr. Jessica Westmin
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Sam (as Francois Chau)
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Margaret
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Bruce Lester
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Dr. Stevens
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Gregor
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Rachel Madison
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The tale of a serial killer in West Hollywood has two converging plot lines. The first involves an uneasy relationship between a psychologically unstable landlady and her enigmatic lodger; the second is about a troubled detective engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with the elusive killer, who is imitating the crimes of Jack the Ripper. Written by Anonymous

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Everyone Is Suspect


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Rated R for violent content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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14 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Another goof is Simon baker walking to rental house in rain but mud puddle in front of him on sidewalk does not have rain drops falling on it. See more »

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It stated that Liz Stride and Catharine Eddowes were both murdered in Mitre Square on the same night in 1888. They were both killed on the same night but only Eddowes was murdered in Mitre Square whereas Stride was killed in Berner Street. See more »

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[first lines]
Street Wilkenson: Detective.
Chandler Manning: Wilkenson, right?
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Version of Man in the Attic (1953) See more »

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Will keep your attention and guessing until the end
27 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This I have to admit is a very B-movie. If it were not for the actors in it I wouldn't even call it a C-movie. However the storyline is very engaging. I wouldn't dare compare it to any other movie however and most of the critics have already slammed it because "Hitchcock's version was better" (although this movie has been made by several others as well).

The director has done a fairly good job with the budget he has and has made some very good decisions at least in casting the actors in their roles. The movie is mostly a "copycat" film, but the concepts are still the same. Obviously it is not possible to follow the storyline of "jack the ripper has left England and is now in the United States" as in the original Lodger story because it is now 2009, which in the end doesn't really help or hurt the film at all. It was also nice to see Rebecca Pidgeon in a film again although her character is mostly just thrown in to "tie" the ending together in a "Psycho-esque" kind of way. Donal Logue seems like the typical husband who doesn't SEEM to understand his wife, played by Hope Davis, who may or may not be imagining things. And finally Alfred Molina is basically cast as himself, stubborn, difficult, and determined.

Everyone is a suspect and Ondaatje does a very good job keeping the pace while switching seamlessly between the detectives investigating and the Bunting residence where "The Lodger" is. However, whether or not you feel "cheated" by the end of the film is up to you. I however was not very surprised by the modern day twists that are thrown at the audience in the end. Definitely worth seeing in the theater if you can.


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