THE RES­I­DENT

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Se­cond Sight, £9.99 (DVD)

Young cou­ple Joanna (an im­pres­sive Tianna Nori) and Ge­off (Mark Mat­e­chuk) sub­let an eerie flat in an equally eerie build­ing when Ge­off gets a promis­ing job op­por­tu­nity. With Ge­off con­stantly away to fo­cus on his ca­reer, Joanna is stuck at home with their baby, feel­ing in­creas­ingly iso­lated. Left to her own de­vices, she be­gins to sus­pect that some­thing hor­ri­ble has hap­pened in the flat and that the build­ing may be haunted. Since the story of The Res­i­dent is hardly orig­i­nal, the po­ten­tial suc­cess of the film de­pends on the ex­e­cu­tion, and first-time di­rec­tor John Ainslie thank­fully makes the most of the low bud­get and sim­ple premise. The vi­su­als are moody and haunt­ing, help­ing to cre­ate a deliri­ous sense of time be­ing warped, and the story un­fold with sus­pense­ful mo­men­tum. How­ever, the film stum­bles to­wards the end, where the sloppy ex­e­cu­tion of the cli­max to some ex­tent un­does all Ainslie’s good work, mak­ing the fi­nal prod­uct rather for­mu­laic, if gen­er­ally en­joy­able.

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