Film lacks shock fac­tor

THE RES­I­DENT (15)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

Star Hi­lary Swank.

Hi­lary Swank, Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan, Christo­pher Lee, Lee Pace, Aun­janue El­lis.

SET in the seem­ingly be­nign sur­round­ings of present day Brook­lyn, The Res­i­dent pro­pels a woman into a liv­ing hell when she re­alises her dream home is too good to be true. The script, co-writ­ten by Robert Orr, is de­press­ingly light on shocks and, once Joki­nen re­veals the dark forces at play, all that re­mains is a slow build-up to the bloody fi­nal show­down. Newly di­vorced ER doc­tor Juliet Dev­ereau (Hi­lary Swank) is thrilled to find a newly- ren­o­vated sixth floor apart­ment with stun­ning views in her price range, with a hunky yet shy land­lord, Max (Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan). How­ever, Juliet has a nag­ging feel­ing that she is be­ing watched. The Res­i­dent is a rather tame and old-fash­ioned take on the un­sus­pect­ing hero­ine in peril, an­chored by a typ­i­cally stri­dent per­for­mance from Swank. FAM­ILY WATCH: Swearing, Sex, Vi­o­lence.

IN PERIL:

RIV­ET­ING: Sean Penn.

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