The Roommate review

Director:
Christian E.Christiansen
Cast:
Leighton Meester
Minka Kelly
Cam Gigandet
Alyson Michalka
Rated: PG-13

Gasp, a horror movie where nothing happens.

The Roommate follows Sarah (Kelly), a young girl who has just entered college and is staying at the dorms on campus. Sarah eventually meets her roommate Rebecca (Meester). At first Rebecca seems like a nice enough girl, but as time passes Sarah begins to find Rebecca more and more clinging and controlling.

Eventually, Rebecca starts interfering in Sarah’s personal life pushing away any friends that she has. This becomes even more evident when Sarah finds a boyfriend in Stephen (Gigandet). After this Rebecca becomes even more drastic in her attempts to make Sarah her’s only.

I kept waiting for something to happen in this film but nothing really did. There was never any suspense in this entire film because the villain Rebecca doesn’t really go beyond being a bit creepy.

Towards the end her plans get more drastic but for the most part she just stares with an evil eye. This made for a really boring film. There wasn’t even any horrific moments here, I was surprised by the low body count here.

The characters are stock beyond belief. The boyfriend for example was just a cut out given a mediocre performance from Cam Gigandet. Leighton Meester was okay in her role, she did give a few creepy moments but I felt that she just wasn’t given enough things to do here. The lead here, Sarah, was just uninspired though. I think you could have replaced her with any other actress and it probably wouldn’t have mattered.

Overall, The Roommate was a really boring movie that was basically made just to frighten some teenagers. Unfortunately, unlike the film “Sorority Row,” this movie wasn’t even funny, just worthless. 1 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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