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The Lodger (2009)

Alfred Molina , Hope Davis , David Ondaatje  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Alfred Molina, Hope Davis, Shane West, Donal Logue, Philip Baker Hall
  • Directors: David Ondaatje
  • Writers: David Ondaatje, Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Producers: David Ondaatje, Allison Keir, Michael Mailer, Scott Putman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,584 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lodger" on IMDb

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Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Hope Davis (About Schmidt), Shane West (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and Simon Baker (TV's "The Mentalist") star in this terrifying thriller. THE LODGER follows a seasoned detective on the trail of a ruthless killer intent on slaughtering prostitutes along West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. It appears that the murderer's grisly methods are identical to that of London's infamous 19th century psychopath Jack the Ripper - a relentless serial killer who was never caught by police. To make matters worse, the detective soon notices the parallels between the crimes committed by the West Hollywood stalker and those of a serial murderer incarcerated years ago. Could the wrong man be behind bars? Also starring Rachael Leigh Cook (Nancy Drew).

Jack’s back, more or less, in The Lodger, a cleverly-plotted thriller-cum-horror story sporting a good cast and a nicely ominous vibe throughout. When Los Angeles Detective Chandler Manning (Alfred Molina) arrives at the scene of a prostitute’s grisly murder, the clues look awfully familiar. Seven years earlier, Manning had helped send to Death Row a killer whose M.O. was identical not only to this one, but also to that of the notorious Jack the Ripper, who terrorized 19th-century London but was never identified, let alone caught. Is this new monster, who goes on to kill several more defenseless hookers, a copycat? Or could it mean that the wrong man paid the ultimate price for the earlier crimes? Meanwhile, Joe and Ellen Bunting (Donal Logue and Hope Davis) rent out a room to a "writer" named Malcolm (Simon Baker), whose weird habits make him an obvious suspect. But there are several others as well, including Joe, who works as a security guard while Ellen nurses her active and rather twisted imagination, and even Det. Manning, a loose cannon type who may be a Jack the Ripper authority but whose life is a mess, what with an institutionalized wife and a daughter who blames him for her mother’s affliction. Adapted from a novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes, this tale was turned into a silent film by Alfred Hitchcock way back in 1927 and has been remade several times since. No one will confuse David Ondaatje, who wrote and directed this version, with Hitchcock, and those familiar with the genre will have little trouble predicting how it all turns out. Nonetheless, The Lodger is a good ride, guilty pleasure or not. --Sam Graham

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film with nods to Hitchcock March 15, 2009
I was a little surprised by the lukewarm reception to The Lodger. It is so far above any modern-day Ripper film, it definitely deserves a look.

I haven't seen the 1940s film, but I have seen - many times - the Hitchcock 1926 silent film. I felt the echoes of it throughout the remake. As a fan of Hitchcock, I found it pretty cool that the directors didn't muck it up like so many do when they try to contrive Hitchcock-like scenes.

Simon Baker is perfectly cast as The Lodger. He looks a bit younger with dark hair and has this secretive way about him that lends mystery to the character.

Frankly, I didn't pay much attention to the shenanigans of the PD, which seemed to be a turn off for other viewers, according to reviews here. Let's face it: This is a PR nightmare for the department, so someone needs to hang for it - and that just happens to be Alfred Molina's character. It works well into this film and casts a glare of suspicion on officers who may or may not be the killer.

Overall, The Lodger remake keeps you slightly off-balance while trying to guess the whodunit. Most, I think, won't know who it is until the very last frame.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful April 11, 2009
Very Suspenseful! Love Simon Baker in this. Hope Davis plays a good crazy landlady. Would have liked to see more of these two together. Lots of Alfred Hitchcock type references. I would highly recommend this movie to any Alfred Hitchcock fan.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lodger (2009) May 6, 2009
I am a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock's work, so I was happy to see there was a remake of this movie. Although I enjoy the old original Black & White movie, I found this updated color version quite good. I was mystified as to who the killer was until the very end. I didn't see this one coming. The help of a good cast, directing, sets, and music (reminded me of previous Hitchcock themes) made it all come together in a well rounded mystery. Good quality DVD with a few extras and decent replayability. If you enjoyed this, catch The Bedroom Window and Body Double (Widescreen Special Edition) which are reminescent of Hitchcocks style.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zigzag Emotions February 13, 2009
David Ondaatje directed this update of the 1926 Hitchcock film. Alfred Molina plays the lead detective Chandler Manning. Everything is going wrong for this guy. His wife's crazy; and maybe he drove her there. His daughter doesn't like him much. He thinks his partner is gay, which doesn't please him. To top it off, he botched evidence on his last really big case. While we're caught in Manning's downhill spiral, his partner Street is played by heartthrob Shane West. Street is new on the job, has enthusiasm and thoroughly upsets his partner. Manning's daughter Amanda is played by the lovely Rachael Leigh Cook. She does a good job in her brief screen time, making us relate to dysfunctional family moments. Police Captain Smith is played by Philip Baker Hall as a grizzly old bear who snarls through his scenes on screen. Interwoven with this story is a family where the father Bunting is played by Donal Logue. Bunting is always leaving the house and seems particularly unsupportive of his wife Ellen. Ellen is played by Hope Davis. We're never sure of what the reality is here. She rents the room and seems to have a wad full of cash to show for it, but maybe not. Malcolm is the lodger played by Simon Baker. The good looking star creates an air of mystery combined with zigzag emotions. The film left me scratching my head, not quite sure of what I'd just seen. So I wished for a bit more clarity. There are some nice moments in the film. Overall, it was an average cinematic experience. Enjoy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Reservations February 15, 2009
The classic novel inspired by the Ripper murders gets an update and a change of venue. The focus alternates between intriguing scenes between Simon Baker in the title role and Hope Davis, and standard cop fare with a miscast Alfred Molina as a Hollywood cop teamed with his callow partner. They're working the Ripper angle of a spat of Hollywood killings and note such "little known" lore about the original crimes as the fact that Jack The Ripper was never caught. Um...okay. The picture's really well shot, but there are some pretentious touches of classical music playing during the murders. The final scenes though are suspenseful and at least you don't see the resolution coming from a mile off. I just wish the picture had focused more on the Davis-Baker relationship, as the two stars are quite good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Everyone is Suspect"... July 3, 2009
"The Lodger", orginally a novel about the identity of Jack the Ripper, the 19th century serial killer who terorized London prostitutes and was never caught, has been done as a play and now several times as a movie. This latest version features a strong cast in a darkly atmospheric thriller heavy on Ripperology and loaded with suspects.

The movie opens on a rainy night in West Hollywood. A senior detective is summoned to the scene of the horrifying murder of a prostitute. As he and his rookie partner investigate this crime and a second similar murder, the parallels with the crimes of an earlier serial killer, just executed, and with the Jack the Ripper case become painfully apparent.

Elsewhere in West Hollywood, a financially strapped couple rent a room to a mysterious young man who pays cash in advance and insists on complete privacy. Ellen, the wife, interacts with the lodger. She may be mentally disturbed and we are never quite certain whether the portions of the movie we experience through her eyes are real or the product of her troubled imagination.

As the movie spins rapidly to its climax, the audience is presented with a confusing array of clues that cleverly keep all the potential suspects in play to the peneultimate scene. The plot is further muddied by the possibility that one or more of the suspects may have been set up by the real killer. The senior detective (Alfred Molina) is troubled by family issues and obcessed with the Ripper murders. The landlords Joe and Ellen Bunting (Donal Logue and a superbly haunting Hope Davis) cannot entirely account for their whereabouts. The mysterious lodger (an enigmatic, dark-haired Simon Baker) is almost too obvious a suspect. Even the rookie partner (Shane West) is not what he claims to be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on "Jack"...
"The Lodger" is an old story based on JTRipper. About halfway through, you realize it's more a psych thriller rather than a murder mystery. Good film...
Published 8 months ago by Jude Barnes
4.0 out of 5 stars simon
good movie with good acting. good ideas and suspenseful. Simon Baker is great. he is definitely a force to be dealt with.
Published 9 months ago by Gary Martinez
3.0 out of 5 stars Butchers the Jack the Ripper Story
This thriller sure tries hard. It has a Hitchcockian feel -- note the music and camera angles at certain points -- and it also seems to give a nod to David Lynch -- check out the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by California Dreaming
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lodger
Usually murder movies or not something I like. My daughter told me about this movie and it was really great. Read more
Published 14 months ago by babs
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lodger
It's a bit scary but Simon Baker is an awesome actor. I have most of his DVDs and Instant Videos.
Published 17 months ago by Marian Carson
5.0 out of 5 stars this one is a must get for the collection!
This film for some reason did not get much attention and the only way I found out about it was in a discount basket at my local IGA. Read more
Published on October 8, 2012 by nwkdav
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with the plot but not with Simon Baker.
I bought this DVD only because of Simon Baker. But I didn't like the person he portrayed. It must have been good acting for me ever not to like him. Well done again.
Published on October 31, 2011 by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars A film to watch over and over
I have watched this DVD about five times so far and still find it absolutely compelling. It is presented as a mystery as to who the serial killer emulating Jack the Ripper really... Read more
Published on September 28, 2011 by Sophia
4.0 out of 5 stars Hope Davis makes this movie work.
I'm glad I watched the movie all the way through. The movie successfully makes you wonder if your assumptions are correct.
Published on July 7, 2011 by Cleo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good flick!
I love finding good obscure movies and this one is definitely a good one. The acting is convincing and everyone is suspect. Read more
Published on May 20, 2011 by Beverly A. Roark
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