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The Roommate (2011)


5/10: G version of Single White Female. Not worth your time
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

It's nice when you're presented with a thriller that the majority of people can relate to. Moving off to college, nervous with jitters, and not knowing who your first college roommate might be. You ask yourself questions like, "Will my roommate be clean and neat? Will we get along? Will they respect my property? " It's a role of the dice that doesn't seem too disappointing for most. What most can't relate to is the question "Is my new roommate a demented psychopath who wants to steal my identity?" Then finding out it's true. That is the case in this rainbow version of the 1992 classic film 'Single White Female.' The film starts with our main character Sarah Matthews (Minka Kelly) moving into her dorm. Sarah is starting to build relationships with other housemates, but they seem paper-thin. Still in the opening credits the acting starts becoming awkward from introductions that are in no...

1/10: An embarrassment on the face of horror
Friday, June 24, 2011

Lacking in suspense, answers, and any enjoyment from its "horror" label it's boasting, The Roommate is easily one of the worst thrillers in recent memory. It provides no backstory or any chemistry from the cast, and manages to drag on for ninety-one minutes. When a movie makes you think a ninety-one minute run time is insufferable, wow is it bad.The Roommate's biggest problem is that it is one big tease. It is stamped with a PG-13 rating, when it could've passed for a PG in 1982. There is a shower scene that is incredibly drawn out, and desperately wants to show below the waist and higher than the stomach but can't. It doesn't want to be racy or good. The makeout scenes could very well win the worst sex award as well.The plot is a girl named Sara (Kelly) is starting College and gets a new dorm. Simple enough. She...

5/10: Well, it's not awful
Thursday, February 17, 2011

But it's not great, either. The Roommate is basically Single White Female: The College Years, starring a raft of familiar faces from CW shows and recent youth market projects. Minka Kelly projects an easy likability as Sarah, a design major in her first year of college in L.A., and the script lets us know early on that Sarah is vulnerable due to having lost her beloved sister at an early age. Sarah quickly makes friends with the party girls in her dorms. And then she meets her new roommate, Rebecca. Leighton Meester does a good job with the material at hand, showing us how Rebecca could be both sadly vulnerable herself, yet also incredibly dangerous. The viewer can feel empathy for Rebecca at the same time as feeling repelled by her actions and hoping she is stopped. That's pretty impressive, considering the script could have easily led an actress to portray this character as little more than...

2/10: they told the wrong story! **CONTAINS A FEW SPOILERS! You've BEEN WARNED
Saturday, February 5, 2011

I realize that today's major cinema generally lacks creativity and innovation and indie is the way to go, but I can't resist a cheap thriller. Once in a great while I will be impressed by a film or at least not be furious I spent ten bucks on it. Unfortunately with "The Roommate" I felt like I'd wasted both my money and my time. The story is unoriginal, but even with recycled plots writers can tell them from new angles. This movie was told from the completely wrong angle. The main character goes to college and basically finds out her roommate is crazy and obsessed with her. The huge mistake? The story should've been about the 'crazy' girl and not about the girl who finds out the 'crazy' girl is obsessed with her etc. I'm frankly also insulted at how they depict mental illness in this movie, putting across the message that if a person...

5/10: A decent thriller
Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Roommate is one of those films, that when you first the trailer, you think to yourself, "This is gonna suck". But only when you actually see the film do you realize that you were only partly wrong. The Roommate's premise is simple enough. A young pretty girl is being stalked and obsessed with by her roommate. The film revolves around Sarah (Minka Kelly) who is on her own, going to college and learning new things. Little does she know that she has a stalker roommate, Rebecca (Leighton Meester). As soon as Rebecca and Sarah become closer to each other, strange events begin to occur. Each of Sarah's close friends or allies becomes hurt, or sometimes even killed. I wonder who could've done this? The good thing about The Roommate is that it is a pretty decent thriller. Even though it doesn't even come close to meeting the standards of a horror movie, it still delivers...

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