The Lodger

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2009

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Released:
2009
Rating:
R
The Lodger is a 2009 film, directed by David Ondaatje and based on the book written by Marie Belloc Lowndes. The story follows a mysterious lodger Malcolm (Simon Baker) who rents a room in a guesthouse owned by Bunting (Donald Logue), a security guard, and his wife Ellen (Hope Davis). The marriage between the always angry husband and the emotionally unstable wife doesn't seem to work well, but neither does their relationship with the awkward lodger. Meanwhile, a series of dreadful crimes take place in West Hollywood involving killing prostitutes in a manner that closely resembles that of ruthless and famous London-based murderer Jack the Ripper, who lived a century ago. The case puzzles crime-solving enthusiast, experienced detective Chandler Manning (Alfred Molina), and his rookie partner Street Wilkenson (Shane West). The crimes are almost identical with those of a killer sent to prison years ago. While the foggy evidence leads to the mysterious lodger, detective Manning starts having doubts if the right person was incarcerated. However, he needs to be sure before he moves in.moreless

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  • 30

    Los Angeles Times

    The biggest mystery, perhaps, is why accomplished actors such as Molina and Hope Davis agreed to be in this.

  • 30

    Variety

    What needed to be a taut, structurally sound psychothriller instead malfunctions from the start.

  • 20

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Prostitutes are not the only things butchered in The Lodger, a spooky story ruined by lumpen dialogue, cloddish performances and a director and writer (David Ondaatje) oblivious to...

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