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The Lodger (2009)

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A couple rents out a room to a mysterious young man, who may or may not be guilty of a series of grisly neighborhood murders.

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David Ondaatje

Writers:

David Ondaatje (screenplay), Marie Belloc Lowndes (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Molina ... Chandler Manning
Hope Davis ... Ellen Bunting
Shane West ... Street Wilkenson
Donal Logue ... Bunting
Philip Baker Hall ... Captain Smith
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Amanda
Rebecca Pidgeon ... Dr. Jessica Westmin
Simon Baker ... Malcolm
François Chau ... Sam (as Francois Chau)
Mel Harris ... Margaret
Michael O'Hagan ... Bruce Lester
Roy Werner ... Dr. Stevens
Ernie Grunwald ... Gregor
Virginia Williams ... Rachel Madison
David Storrs ... Warehouse Attendant
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Storyline

The tale of a serial killer in West Hollywood has two converging plot lines. The first involves an uneasy relationship between a psychologically unstable landlady and her enigmatic lodger; the second is about a troubled detective engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with the elusive killer, who is imitating the crimes of Jack the Ripper. Written by Anonymous

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Everyone Is Suspect


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Rated R for violent content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A titokzatos lakó See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Color:

Color
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Annie Chapman was Jack the Ripper's second victim, not fourth. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Street Wilkenson: Detective.
Chandler Manning: Wilkenson, right?
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References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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Performed by Sasha Lazard
Music by John Frizzell
Lyrics by Saverio Principini
Produced by John Frizzell
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Derivative neo-noir, stiff and uninventive, but watchable
11 August 2010 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

As a neo-noir, The Lodger is pretty familiar material, but If I'll remember it for anything, (and that's a big 'if') it would be the body count, which is among the highest of anything I've seen in this genre. The story concerns an LAPD detective in search of a killer recreating JAck the Ripper's legacy.

I'll give the Lodger a bit of credit for its ability to keep you guessing, but that's just about all that the film is committed to doing. The story is shallow, and much of the dialogue sounds recycled. The acting isn't very good either, and screen time which should have been spent on more intellectual character interaction is wasted on unnecessary montages of time-lapse photography which looks like something from television.

Overall, the movie is watchable, but it could've amounted to more.


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