The Lodger (2009)
Critic Consensus: An accomplished cast can't save a derivative suspense flick that manages to confuse and bore rather than thrill.
Malcolm Slaight arrives at the home of Joe and Ellen Bunting. Ellen is happy to make a little extra money, but also becomes enamored by the charm and eccentricities of this mysterious Lodger. Meanwhile, police detective Chandler Manning begins to track a ruthless killer slaughtering prostitutes along West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. This killer's methods are identical to that of London's infamous psychopath, Jack the Ripper. This is especially troublesome for Manning because earlier in his career he brought a killer to justice who also mimicked Jack the Ripper. Closing in on the killer, Manning finds himself following a trail that leads to a secluded residence located just off the Sunset Strip--right near the Bunting home. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Lodger
The cast works hard to make you believe they believe what the screenwriter tells them to believe. But in the end, it all seems contrived and silly.
This strained, empty effort doesn't work as homage or update, and in its darkly violent sensibility has neither the glamour of Brian De Palma's referential nightmares or even the narrative fuel of the serial-killer-obsessed procedurals that dominate tv.
Filled with second-rate Brian DePalma twists, noirishly blurred lights and usually solid actors mouthing potboiler brine, The Lodger resembles bottom-shelf '80s dreck.
A good cast can't save The Lodger, the utterly wrongheaded fourth movie version of a 1910 novel inspired by Jack the Ripper that was most famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1926.
What needed to be a taut, structurally sound psychothriller instead malfunctions from the start.
Audience Reviews for The Lodger
Okay thriller, seen better, seen worse.
This is a fairly surprisingly good film with great twists and turns that ive seen in a very long time! its really worth a watch!!
Updated remake of an early Hitchcock thriller about a psychologically unbalanced landlady and her enigmatic tenant. There's also a parallel story about a troubled detective who's on the hunt for a killer whose method bears a striking resemblance to Jack the Ripper. It all unfolds like one of those procedural TV shows, but the story is fairly interesting and suspenseful with just enough stylistic flourishes to keep the viewer interested.
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