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Film Review: The Roommate Is A Predictable, But Disturbing Thriller

Film Review: The Roommate Is A Predictable, But Disturbing Thriller

Initially I was led to believe that this was a horror movie, but it’s not. It’s a thriller, and though I’m not exactly sure what a ‘thriller’ is there were some moments in this movie that had me grimacing and gripping the edge of my seat.
Some moments were just plain creepy and weird as it follows the story of Rebecca (Meester) and Sarah (Kelly), two girls who are college roommates. Rebecca develops an obsession with Sarah and her resultant actions just freaked me out. This is obsession to the max.

There is at least one actor from each and every teen american drama in this movie, be it Gossip Girl, The OC, 90210, The Vampire Diaries etc. and I think the acting is fairly good. I think Meester tackles her role well as there are some quite dramatic scenes which she manages to pull off.
When I say that I think this movie is ‘creepy’, this is not necessarily a bad thing, as the majority of thrillers weird people out. This movie plays on the fears of any new college student who fears that they get a weird roommate.
What’s more disturbing about this movie is perhaps the fact that to the outside world, and to her ‘friends’ Rebecca seems perfectly normal, even Sarah thinks she normal. Until one day, when visiting Rebecca’s parents, her mother asks Sarah if she’s taking her medication. From then the plot spirals as Rebecca gets more and more out of control, determined to harm everyone who hurts or is close to Sarah, even hurting herself in the process.
I think this movie is quite predictable, but then the outcome of most thriller/horrors with this sort of plot often are because we’ve seen them so many times. There are some minor gory moments, but you’re more likely to be freaked out by the sheer abnormality of Rebecca’s actions.

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  1. NiNJADALiA.
    8th April 2011 / 4:43 PM

    I'm going to watch this movie next week, looking forward to it actually ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 11th April 2011 / 12:30 PM

    Hi, just wondering if you want to exchange links with me? If yes, just leave me a comment at http://michaelwong.blogs.com

    I'll link to you first, then you can link back ok? If no, that's cool too. Have a great day!

    Cheers, Michael

  3. Tactixal
    11th April 2011 / 10:33 PM

    This sounds like a modernised version of Single White Female, we have had a few people asking about it at our cinema.

  4. Mike Clark
    12th April 2011 / 3:09 PM

    Judging by the previews, I wouldn't call it so much of a horror movie either. It looks like it would be something similar to Prom Night in the style.

    How do you decide "What's Hot?" Is it based off of trending, observation, or your own opinion? Just curious ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. laurahartleyy
    12th April 2011 / 3:23 PM

    Never watched Single White Female… maybe i'll watch it when i have time ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think Prom Night had a bit more horror to it as the deaths were a bit scarier but yes, I suppose they are quite similar in genre…

  6. laurahartleyy
    12th April 2011 / 3:26 PM

    oh and in answer to your question Mike,
    for movies/tv i generally try to post about new/upcoming things .. and I pick the ones that I would most like to watch/I think other people will enjoy… If I've watched all the new ones that I like, then I'll move on to others that I wouldn't normally watch …

    For other things, such as books …its usually things I've heard other people speak highly of, so I investigate them myself, even if they're not 'hot' off the press ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Girl Next Door
    12th April 2011 / 5:04 PM

    You are so critical! ๐Ÿ˜€ In the good way, of course. Thanks a lot! You make choosing a movie for the weekend simpler! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Wish I had found you before ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks again!

  8. Tactixal
    13th April 2011 / 12:06 AM

    If you enjoyed this, definatley check out Single White Female, probably one of the better thrillers of the 90's

  9. laurahartleyy
    14th April 2011 / 1:29 AM

    Haha thanks GND, I didn't realise I was being critical ๐Ÿ™ but if I made life easier I guess that's a good thing…

    Definitely will Tactixal, thanks for the recommendation ๐Ÿ™‚

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