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The Roommate [2011]

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4 Stars (4 / 10)

The Roommate
Far from being the suspense filled thriller that I hoped for, The Roommate was for the most-part a light hearted drama. Apart from the ending there were only a couple of mild suspense scenes. The “suspense” (for want of a better word) might have worked 20 years ago but unfortunately it’s been done to death and usually in a much more convincing way.

From beginning to end the plot is predictable leaving little to the imagination. The acting is nothing stellar but I thought both leads, Leighton Meester (Rebecca) and Minka Kelly (Sarah) did a reasonable job with what they had to work with. Cam Gigandet as Stephen on the other hand is dry and lifeless. The storyline needs a lot of work, the first half of the film felt forced, maybe in a rush to establish the characters and set the foundation for the story? The last 30 minutes of the film was much better with some half-way decent action and emotion from the characters. Given some more thought to the story this could have been a nice little film given the proper direction.

The other great failing of The Roommate is character development, there are no real connection to the characters in this film. The story is about Sarah, the girl who starts her collage life, the problem is we learn nothing about her which makes it difficult to connect with her. If the story had have been about Rebecca the obsessed roommate then we might have had something worthwhile. Developing the character of Rebecca, delving into her past and showing why she is tormented and bent on hurting and obsessing over others would have made for a wonderful film if done correctly with some interesting twists, plenty of heart stopping moments and some sound acting.

All said and done this isn’t a bad flick to enjoy on a rainy day over some light dinner conversation, but don’t expect anything special here! This is a below average take on the obsessive friend cliché,  nothing more.

Review of the movie: The Roommate
Date Published: 11/14/2012
Starring: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet, Danneel Harris, Matt Lanter, and Aly Michalka.
4 / 10 stars

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