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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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David Ondaatje

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David Ondaatje (screenplay), Marie Belloc Lowndes (book)
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Cast

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 ... Bruce Lester
Roy Werner Roy Werner ... Dr. Stevens
Ernie Grunwald ... Gregor
Virginia Williams ... Rachel Madison
David Storrs ... Warehouse Attendant
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El huésped See more »

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Technical Specs

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(DVD)

Color:

Color
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Goofs

Annie Chapman was Jack the Ripper's second victim, not fourth. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Street Wilkenson: Detective.
Chandler Manning: Wilkenson, right?
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Version of The Lodger (1944) See more »

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Performed by Sasha Lazard
Music by John Frizzell
Lyrics by Saverio Principini
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Not so bad...but not so good either
15 November 2013 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

I will say that The Lodger kept my attention to the very end and that I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. But most of the story line in the middle was your typical old crime mystery.

Simon Baker plays a mysterious and quirky good looking stranger who knocks on Hope Davis's door in answer to an add for a ROOM FOR RENT sign. Of course Hope Davis takes Simon's cash advance of three months rent and accepts the good lucking Simon Baker as her new tenant.

The mutilated murders of streetwalkers start appearing in a similar fashion of the murders that took place seven years earlier. These previous murders were thought to have ended when Detective Chandler Manning played by Alfred Molina arrested the presumed guilty suspect that was put to death seven years earlier. Now the movie viewers realize that Detective Chandler (Alfred Molina) put away the wrong guy for the crimes.

So the viewers have a few suspects to consider who may be committing these recent murders of streetwalkers that appear to be duplicating the documented murders of the notorious Jack the Ripper. I was not impressed with Alfred Molina's performance as the lead detective Chandler Manning. What kept my interest in the film was the interactions between the lonely and disturbed performance of the landlord played by Hope Davis and her new lodger played quite well by Simon Baker.

Of course no suspense film is complete unless the lead detective is suspended from his position in the biggest case in Los Angeles history for his inability to solve the case. Will he be vindicated? Well for me I just did not feel Alfred Molina was convincing enough as the dejected lead detective, whose daughter and wife were also turning their back on their father and husband respectively.

Without spoiling the ending I will say that I found the ending to have a few twists in it that I expected and some twists that I was not expecting. I rated the film a 5 out of 10 because the plot was generally predictable and Alfred Molina's performance as the lead detective a bit disappointing. If not for a strong performance by Hope Davis and Simon Baker the film would have my thumbs down. I give THE LODGER one thumb UP!


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