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"The Resident (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

ER doctor Juliet Devereau (Swank) is looking for an apartment in the challenging market of New York City.  When a caller answers her want-ad, she goes to find a too-good-to-be true opportunity; a large and beautiful apartment in a classic building.  Shortly after she moves in, we discover the owner has more on his mind than simply attracting tenants.  Through a series of hidden passages, Max (Morgan) is able to watch Devereau secretly and even enter the apartment through a panel in the wine closet.  His stalking becomes more serious when he drugs her wine one night.  Juliet becomes suspicious when she discovers the drugs in her system and installs a motion-activated hidden camera.  What she sees is beyond shocking.  Unfortunately, Max enters at just that moment with less than honorable intent.  What follows is a classic showdown between good and evil and you’ll have to watch the film to learn the outcome!

 

Specifications

  • Image Entertainment
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 31 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec:  AVC
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Christopher Lee
  • Directed by Antti J. Jokinen
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Brief Nudity
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

While this wasn’t the most tense or gripping thriller I’ve seen, it was highly entertaining.  At 90 minutes the film moves along at a brisk pace which I appreciated.  Hilary Swank gives an excellent performance as the victim; but not too helpless as it turns out.  Jeffrey Dean Morgan who I know from the Supernatural TV series was dynamite as the stalker.  He provided just the right level of creepiness without going over the top.  Christopher Lee’s appearance is fairly brief but he plays his usual mysterious character with competent ease.  I’m a fan of good thrillers and this Blu-ray has become a permanent addition to my library.

Technical

Picture quality is superb and only a fraction short of reference quality.  Detail is sharp and well-defined in the many close-up facial shots.  Dark scenes are frequent in this film and always showed excellent shadow detail and rich, deep blacks.  Color is very natural and nicely saturated.  I’m glad to see a warmer palette in use here instead of the more common cool presentation of modern films.

The DTS-HD Master Audio sound track is solid with good dynamic range and excellent clarity.  I had no trouble with dialog at any time.  I watched this disc on my living room system which sometimes has difficulty if the dynamics are too extreme.  This was not the case with The Resident.  You won’t be reaching for the volume control as quiet scenes are not overly quiet and loud scenes are not overly loud.  Overall, it was an ideal mix for watching on TV.  The sub wasn’t used too heavily but there were some good surround effects which added to the tense atmosphere of the storyline.

Extras

The only bonus feature is a two-minute theatrical trailer.

The 3-disc package that I received features multiple featurettes, Warner’s Maximum Move Mode - Where you get a PIP image with members of the film contributing as you watch, additional scenes, a look at the opening of the final film (well, the retail copy has this, screener copies do not), as well as DVD and Digital copies of the film.