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In New York, Dr. Juliet Bliss Devereau of the Brooklyn General Hospital has ended her relationship with her boyfriend Jack and is seeking an apartment in Brooklyn to live alone. She finds a bargain in an old apartment building owned by the handsome and lonely Max and one night she misinterprets his signals and dates him. However she concludes that it is too soon to have a love affair... but is that really the end of it? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lee Pace and Christopher Lee were both part of the Middle Earth film franchise. Lee Pace played Thranduil in the The Hobbit trilogy, and Christopher Lee played Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. See more »
(at around 19 mins) When Juliet and Max sit down on a bench in a park to talk, Juliet crosses her legs, but a second after her legs are not crossed. See more »
[receiving ER patient]
Okay. We're going to intubate this guy and fix the hole in his heart.
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Dr. Juliet Devereau rents an apartment in New York, large and affordable, but the owner Max begins to want more than just rent.
Director Antti Jokinen doesn't glamorise New York showing the older side of the city and keeps things moving with plenty of cuts and naturalistic lighting. The music adds some tension to the on screen proceedings to what is essentially a stalker/ voyeur thriller.
The cast includes a seasoned and accomplished cast including Hilary Swank, Christopher Lee as the creepy building owner August and his son Max played excellently by Watchmen's (2009) Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Morgan is first rate as the deranged obsessive weirdo and the casting of Swank as Devereau avoids the teen slasher cliché. Amougnst the spy-holes, secret doors and cavity walkways of the apartment it's great to see Lee in a contemporary role albeit small.
Anyone familiar with Single White Female (1992) or Pacific Heights (1990) will have an inkling what their in for. The Resident is a small tight thriller that has few surprises, yet, it's keeps you watching due to Swank's allure, the simplistic premise and Morgan's craziness.
Overall, nothing new, but maybe disturbing for many due to themes of intrusion and privacy being violated.
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