The Resident

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Like ‘Paranormal Activity’, this creepy psychological thriller taps in to fears about invasions of our private space. But the threat here is tangible rather than supernatural. Still raw from her husband’s betrayal, ER surgeon Dr Juliet Devereau (Hilary Swank, pictured) moves into a new apartment in Brooklyn. The low rent and charming landlord, Max (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), both seem too good to be true, and so it proves. Max is soon ogling her though spyholes as she bathes and creeping around her bedroom while she sleeps. When Juliet’s ex reappears, Max’s sexual and physical threats escalate, forcing her to defend herself with smart thinking and a nail-gun.

Finnish director Antti Jokinen makes effective use of CCTV security footage captured on motion-sensitive cameras that the suspicious Juliet instals; Swank is typically credible as a confident yet vulnerable professional woman; and Morgan is subtly convincing as the insinuating Max. Sadly, Christopher Lee – in his first Hammer movie for 30-plus years – is wasted as Max’s crotchety grandfather.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday August 27 2010
Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Antti Jokinen
Screenwriter: Antti Jokinen
Cast: Hilary Swank
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Christopher Lee

Average User Rating

1.3 / 5

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Thomas Noctor

I thought it was predictiable, average movie, wait untill it comes to TV, don't waste money renting it!

Thomas Noctor

I thought it was predictiable, average movie, wait untill it comes to TV, don't waste money renting it!

Jane W

it was quite spooky...as I was alone in the cinema, no other audience turned up

Jane W

it was quite spooky...as I was alone in the cinema, no other audience turned up

Adrian Winchester

I saw it yesterday and I think it deserves 3 stars. There isn't a lot of depth to the story, but I found it a visually stylish film with a lot of suspense and with good performances. Although the setting is different to past Hammer productions, I can't agree that there's no link to Hammer's past - I'd say it's prettyt much in the same line as Hammer psychological thrillers such as 'Fear In the Night' and 'Straight On Till Morning'.

Adrian Winchester

I saw it yesterday and I think it deserves 3 stars. There isn't a lot of depth to the story, but I found it a visually stylish film with a lot of suspense and with good performances. Although the setting is different to past Hammer productions, I can't agree that there's no link to Hammer's past - I'd say it's prettyt much in the same line as Hammer psychological thrillers such as 'Fear In the Night' and 'Straight On Till Morning'.

PJ

The "Hammer" name is history, its just a TV library and brand name that's been bought and sold between some business men over the past 10 years. Even Charles Saatchi briefly bought it in 2001 and flipped it on to a new buyer. Best left buried...

PJ

The "Hammer" name is history, its just a TV library and brand name that's been bought and sold between some business men over the past 10 years. Even Charles Saatchi briefly bought it in 2001 and flipped it on to a new buyer. Best left buried...