Sexy college girls. Frat parties. Obsessive roommates. Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester. The recipe is there, but chefs Christian E. Christiansen and Sonny Mallhi managed to make their dish taste like soggy cardboard. The Roommate is now on Blu-Ray and DVD, but no one should care.
In The Roommate, Minka Kelly stars as Sara, who becomes friends with her new roommate Rebecca - played by Leighton Meester. They hit it off at first, but Rebecca begins to show signs that she's a little crazy. And not like teenage girl crazy... like seriously obsessive, will-kill-your-friends-to-be-your-only-friend kind of crazy.
Kelly and Meester have good chemistry with each other, and for first-time screenwriter Mallhi, the movie is reasonably well written given that it's a dumb-downed rip-off of The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and countless other similar tales. The Roommate does not look or feel like it's a lame B-grade thriller.
But it is.
The one thing The Roommate lacks is any suspense. Oh, and excitement. And any compelling reason to watch the movie.
The Roommate is just boring. Surprisingly, very little happens. Sara doesn't even suspect that her roommate is seriously violent until the climax, which gives Christiansen absolutely no ability to engrain a sense of dread or tension into the film. The climax is also disappointingly basic.
Furthermore, Meester isn't a good villain. She's an okay actress, but she isn't scary, threatening or in the slight bit creepy. That's a problem when you're severely mentally scrambled.
The Roommate has pretty objects that move around on screen, but the movie is about as interesting as gray porridge. Or soggy cardboard. This is a movie that should never have been made, and doesn't need to be seen.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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