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The Resident (2011)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  11 March 2011 (UK)
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When a young doctor suspects she may not be alone in her new Brooklyn loft, she learns that her landlord has formed a frightening obsession with her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Rosales ...
Deborah Martinez ...
Mrs. Portes
Sheila Ivy Traister ...
ER Nurse (as Sheila Traister)
Michael Showers ...
August ER Doctor
Real Estate Agent
Moving Man
Drug Addict
Mark Morocco ...
ER Surgeon (as Mark Vincent Morocco)


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

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She Thought She Was Living Alone


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Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 March 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Invasion of Privacy  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Some scenes, that were in the original script but weren't filmed during principal photography for budget reasons, were shot in April 2010. See more »


The morning after Juliet is injected in the toe, she makes a phone call on her iPhone. She "unlocks the phone then dials" but when they show her talking, the phone clearly shows "slide to unlock." See more »


[first lines]
Juliet Devereau: [receiving ER patient] Okay. We're going to intubate this guy and fix the hole in his heart.
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Featured in Great Movie Mistakes III: Not in 3D (2011) See more »


Written by Katherine Liner, Carmen Rizzo, and Jamie Muhoberac
Performed by Katherine Liner
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Yep, Men Are Just Plain Bad
7 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The Resident' is a handsome looking thriller, with some really beautiful cinematography in particular (by Hellboy's Guillermo Navarro), & high production values in general. Unfortunately, that's about all that's going for it - there's nothing even remotely new or surprising on display in this film, nothing you won't have seen a hundred times before.

Hilary Swank is a young ER doctor who moves into a new apartment building in Brooklyn, owned by the charming & handsome Max, who we come to find is psychotically obsessed with her..

Yep, like I said, you see where this is going. Swank isn't called on to do anything much more than take her clothes off every once in awhile, which is a pity as she can be a fine actress, given the right role. Jeffrey Dean Morgan's performance as Max is delicate, sensual & actually quite moving early on, but he is at odds with the film he is appearing in, which simply wants him to be a generic cardboard cut-out psycho. There is no real attempt at explanation for Max's behaviour, & no empathy for him as a human being. His maleness is portrayed as a threat, & creepy simply by definition.

Christopher Lee is, as always, a welcome sight, but is wasted as a spooky 'Norma Bates' style parent with about 4½ minutes of screen time. The only other male in the film is Juliet's "asshole" ex-boyfriend Jack, who has even less screen-time than Lee, & if you've seen any of this genre of film before, you'll have a pretty good idea what he's for, what he does, & where he ends up.

This is a misandric movie because there are no ordinary men in it, only bad, psychotic or inadequate men. The woman, on the other hand, is portrayed as entirely good & a victim to boot. Which makes it no different from countless other films you've seen before, of course. But the point is, there will be countless more, if no-one ever stops to point it out.

I wish there was more to say. There's a couple of good shocks in there towards the end, & some nicely handled suspense but it just seems a pity to have wasted them on something so wholly unoriginal & unpleasant as this.

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