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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.


David Ondaatje


David Ondaatje (screenplay), Marie Belloc Lowndes (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Molina ... Chandler Manning
Hope Davis ... Ellen Bunting
Shane West ... Street Wilkenson
Donal Logue ... Bunting
Philip Baker Hall ... Captain Smith
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Amanda
Rebecca Pidgeon ... Dr. Jessica Westmin
Simon Baker ... Malcolm
François Chau ... Sam (as Francois Chau)
Mel Harris ... Margaret
Michael O'Hagan Michael O'Hagan ... Bruce Lester
Roy Werner Roy Werner ... Dr. Stevens
Ernie Grunwald ... Gregor
Virginia Williams ... Rachel Madison
David Storrs ... Warehouse Attendant


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

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When Chandler and Street first meet Ellen, she sits at the table with her arms wide apart. In the next shot, they are close together. See more »


[first lines]
Street Wilkenson: Detective.
Chandler Manning: Wilkenson, right?
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Version of Armchair Mystery Theatre: The Lodger (1965) See more »


Performed by Sasha Lazard
Written by David Tobocman
Produced by David Tobocman
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25 February 2009 | by chrichtonsworldSee all my reviews

It could be that I missed something and that I need to re watch this movie. But honestly I already know that I won't do it. "The Lodger" is not a bad movie. It has just enough to make it interesting. A good cast,great cinematography and another take on the Jack the Ripper mythos. Only it suffers greatly from the lack of real suspense and tension. The mystery is there. There are several questions raised you want to be answered. The fact that only a fraction of those questions get explained make it a frustrating affair. Misdirection is a tool often used in thrillers in order to surprise us. And I must admit that the movie does promise a wonderful twist. However the twist is set up in such a way that it leaves too much room for different interpretations which destroys the desired effect. You won't be shocked or surprised,maybe a little bit confused. And such an ending could have been forgiven had the movie been fun to watch. "The Lodger" takes it self so seriously that it undermines the efforts of the cast to make this movie more interesting than it is. At one point you just know how events will play out. The lack of tension,humor and drama only are compensated by your drive to solve the mystery. And the hope that the director succeeded in fooling us in creating one big surprise at the end. But when the credits start to roll you can't shake the feeling that you wasted your time.

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14 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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