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The Resident

5.31 h 31 min2011X-Ray18+
After separating from her adulterous husband, the beautiful Dr. Juliet Devereau moves to Brooklyn and settles into a new life in a stunning and spacious loft that seems too good to be true. Mysterious occurrences lead her to suspect she is not alone in her home, and her fears quickly become all too real in this chilling thriller.
Antti Jokinen
Hilary SwankJeffrey Dean MorganLee Pace
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Christopher Lee
Tobin ArmbrustCary BrokawGuy EastSimon Oakes
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4.1 out of 5 stars

506 global ratings

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  2. 20% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 8% of reviews have 1 stars
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The BubReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Missed opportunity and cliched
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This began very well and the setting and atmosphere were suitably eerie and well done, deserving of 5 stars. I did guess who the villain was pretty early on but could have forgiven that. No, what completely spoiled it was the last half hour which was cliched, over the top, with the obligatory gratuitous violence which kills any suspense dead. It was predictable and overkill. One star for the last 30 minutes. I wish makers of this sort of film would understand the art of subtedly and originality, rather than laying it on with a trowel and relying on old tired tropes. It's insulting to a viewer's intelligence. It's time we had a fresh approach rather than the denouement being what they think we want and expect. A much better film of its ilk was ‘Through The Eyes Of A Killer’ based on the book The Master Builder
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NMReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hammer and Nails
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When rumours were abound about the return of Hammer film productions to the mainstream, I was sceptical of how they would attempt a resurrection of the brand name, it was a pretty foregone conclusion that their first release would include vampires, but I was surprised with their approach with Beyond the Rave in 2008, using a serialised short episode format available exclusively online. At a guess, that was possibly the studio reaching out to a new audience, and giving a free sampler of what was to follow. It came as no surprise then, that their first feature film released in 2010, Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish production Let the Right One In, did indeed include a vampire.

With the release of The Resident in 2011, it was refreshing to see Hammer revisit their lesser known genre of psychological thrillers, but instead of using the old formula of having a twist at the end, they opted for an alternative perspective beginning, using a rewind and look again technique within a third of the film's running time. Watching the film again almost a decade later, it still comes across as visually stylish, the cinematography is excellent, which is enhanced by suitably eerie sound effects, but it's Hilary Swank's solid performance, along with Jeffrey Dean Morgan's screen persona, that gives the film its edge as suitably uncomfortable viewing. Overall, bigger success was to follow for Hammer, but the film is recommended viewing, even if it's just for Christopher Lee in a cameo role, and seeing both legendary actor and legendary studio working together for one last time.
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rondettoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 January 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Give This One A Miss
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This is a Hammer film,one of a number that have been made under the brand name this millenium,it has Christopher Lee in it and there is a fair amount of flesh on display. That's where the resemblance to the classics of the 60s and 70s ceases. There are no vampires and far from being set in Transylvania we are in New York where a female doctor rents an apartment which comes with a rather obviously creepy landlord. Being kind I suppose you could say it's all quite competently done but I'm afraid I find this tawdry little tale unpleasantly voyeuristic rather than scary.
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FilmbugReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not an original story!
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This story is copied from the movie "sleep tight", a spanish movie which is far better than this one. This story is a typical violent movie from hollywood, not an original horror movie with a surprising end, but just another violent, slashing idiot. See the spanish movie "sleep tight" and compare!, you will see the difference!. The basic idea is the same, namely the house owner (in "sleep tight" it is the flat malereceptionist) who is obsessed with a beautiful tenant.
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Mr. Jonathon T. BeckettReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 September 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Life Through A Peephole
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When doctor Juliet Devereau(Hilary Swank) moves into a wonderful new apartment, complete with stunning views and a friendly, charming landlord(Jeffrey Dean Morgan) it seems too good to be true. It is. Her ever-so-friendly landlord also likes to spy on his tenants through hidden passages and peepholes in the wall. It also seems that Juliet didn't discover the apartment by accident after all....
'The Resident' really is in quite an unenviable position. Being a Hammer film, it is bound to be compared with Hammer's fine resume of psychological thrillers from the 1960's and 70's.
The thrillers that they made back then usually featured either a 'drive the rich family member mad' plotline or some kind of insanity in the outwardly respectable nuclear family. The horror element usually concerned the modus operandi of the villians schemes. They also usually came complete with ingenious little twists, and the very best of them, such as 'Taste Of Fear' and 'Straight On Till Morning' were amongst the finest British psychological thrillers/horrors being made at the time.
So does 'The Resident' succeed in emulating its predecessors? Well, what it does provide is a very fine hour and a half of thrills and little jolts. Its main plus points are a lovely little cameo from Christopher Lee, a great perormance from Dean Morgan as the deranged deviant Max, in turns charming and chilling. The film also has some really stunning cinematography, and a few genuinly creepy scenes.
The negatives are a rather dull performance from Swank, not enough back story to Max's psychosis and the plot being rather slight for a feature length film.
However, it never outstays its welcome and it is to the director Antti Jokinen's credit that he manages to build up the suspense without resorting to using any plot contrivances or laughable red herrings.
It's also lovely to see the Hammer logo proudly emblazened at the start of the film. Long may they continue with their long overdue revival. 4 out of 5 for a thoroughly entertaining and slick little thriller.
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JudithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
treading a well-worn path which good acting can't save
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Painfully derivative, treading a well-worn path which good acting can't save. My fault I suppose since it is billed as a suspense thriller, which genre has been DONE TO DEATH since Hitchcock's Psycho, and which I generally avoid. But I gave this a go because of Hilary Swank but now I know she is no guarantee to a worth while two hours (viz Mary and Martha, which had me cringing at the rampant, and extremely politically naïve, middle class sentimentality). She has certainly lost her way since the heady days of Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby.
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salsa-starReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
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hmmm well i'd seen this film advertised all over the place and the trailers looked really good so i was dying to buy it (ironically). once id watched it i thought it was an entertaining horror but you knew who the bad guy was right from the start whereas the trailers made it look like it was a paranormal mystery horror. if you know the basic outline of the film then you'll probably really like this but i suppose i was expecting a more jumpy psychological horror. gerard butler gave a very good performance, not trying to give too much away and i love his versatility. very spine-tingling film and quite enjoyable. recommended, good horror. holly-ann
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Gary A. SmithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 September 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Suspenseful Thriller from the New Hammer
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I don't understand the negative reviews for this film. It's well acted, beautifully photographed, and very suspenseful. The quality of the Icon Blu-ray disc is outstanding with a very sharp, clear picture and great sound. The New Hammer isn't a patch on the old one but this is a commendable movie just the same.
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