Wednesday, April 13, 2011

“THE ROOM MATE” Movie Review. WHAT if you do NOT get to CHOOSE your ROOM MATE?


If you love to “coo” over pretty boys and beaming girls, then drop over to “THE ROOM MATE”.

This is it.

Eye candy are strewn aplenty here.

Some of these will be bludgeoned or stabbed later for your viewing pleasure.

Or at least, that’s what you’d have thought.

Remember, this is a morbid drama about a warped girl who swears by same-sex romance.

Apparently so.

She has the hots for another girl, and woe betides anyone who comes in between.

The focus is on the psychosexual obsession of one woman for another as they share the same room in an university.

Just don’t expect this movie to make a lot of intellectual sense.

If nothing else, “THE ROOMMATE” will at least be a delicious feast for the eyes and ears, if not the mind.

The plot plods at a snail’s pace, sapping up every mental anxiety as we try to keep up with the draggy momentum hoping for the killings to start, and the victims to die in full gory glory.

Come on, Director.

Surely you can render a better treatment.

Bring on the mutilated bodies.

This Reviewer wouldn’t even call it half a thriller as it has none of the scares, much less the thrills and spins.

Even the ambient music to heighten the frights does not seem to sink in.

Except for a few key horrific scenes at the end, one can totally forget about blood, gore or any form of butchery.

These are few and far between to drool over, for die-hard bloodthirsty fans.

In “THE ROOM MATE” , Sara Matthews (Minka Kelly) arrives in a Los Angeles university to study fashion design.

On her first night on campus she meets Stephen (Cam Gigandet), a cute dude who plays in a band.

Everything seems to fall neatly in place, and the only uncertainty is who she’ll be sharing a dorm room with.

Her roommate Rebecca (Leighton Meester) seems pretty decent at first, and the two of them cement their friendship through interests in clothes and art.

Then Rebecca starts to get clingy and overprotective of her new friend.

As time goes by, though, Rebecca’s attachment to Sara begins to border on the bizarre.

She becomes obsessive, possessive and very psychotic.

“THE ROOM MATE” has a beautiful cast to boot.

It has the premise of being a promising thriller, but everything falls short in the hands of Christian E. Christiansen, the Danish film director who seems unsure of the genre, and the delivery of mood and tone throughout the movie.

The script is bland and is lacking in finesse.

Let’s say that in more capable hands, we could have enjoyed a more satisfying movie.

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