Film lacks shock factor
THE RESIDENT (15)
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.
RIVETING: Sean Penn.