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
Director of Photography Guillermo Navarro worked for half his usual fee because he was intrigued by the possibilities presented by this movie. See more »
During the scene where Max sneaks into Juliet's bed room and tries to kiss her while she's sleeping. When he's leaning in, she is laying on her side, then the camera angle changes and she's on her back, then the camera changes back and she's back on her side and he kisses her. Then she rolls over onto her back and Max stands up. See more »
[receiving ER patient]
Okay. We're going to intubate this guy and fix the hole in his heart.
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Luck's Run Out
Written by Julia Sophie
Performed by Little Fish
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A Highly Suspenseful Film Plagued By Terrible Acting and an Uneven Storyline
I enjoyed The Resident. It's more thriller than horror, but it does contain a few cheap scares that never deterred from any enjoyment. It's a suspenseful tale; one that feels like a late 90s thriller that I enjoyed at a younger age.
The storyline is basic. A new tenant, through various events, suspects that something abnormal is occurring. Maybe she is not alone in her loft, and maybe it all has to do with the landlord. There's no mystery hidden in The Resident, everything is spoon-fed to the viewer and there are no surprises what-so-ever.
Let's just get this out of the way: The Resident has many elements that make certain modern horror films terrible. The acting, even including Oscar-winner Hilary Swank herself, is terrible throughout. The storyline is never fully explained. Things just seem to happen in order to move along the film rather than to tell a satisfying story.
The camera work is brilliant. Every shot was memorable and at certain moments it features many iconic filming styles that were immediately noticed. The Resident is also suspenseful to the point where my heart started to pound. This truly shows that the filmmakers have the ability to make a quality thriller. Here's hoping for a better script next time around.
Overall you will not be disappointed with The Resident. Hilary Swank, surprisingly, made this film her own simply by her presence. Even though it contains many flaws seen in most horror films nowadays, you'll find a lot of enjoyment from this short, thrilling major film debut from Antti Jokinen. Just make sure you give it a chance before completely disregarding it based on its' weaknesses - the strengths do outweigh the weaknesses in The Resident.
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