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The Lodger

4.1 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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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).

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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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  • Actors: Philip Hall, Rachael Cook, Philip Baker Hall, Rebecca Pidgeon, Francois Chau
  • Directors: David Ondaatje
  • Producers: David Ondaatje, Michael Mailer
  • 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:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MLZNKI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lodger" on IMDb

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By A. Wilson VINE VOICE on March 15, 2009
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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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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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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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In the special features included on the DVD of the 2008 version of Marie Belloc Lowndes' 1913 novel the point is strongly made that the producers/director took great pains to make this new movie 'faithful to the original novel', by implication suggesting that Alfred Hitchcock had not done so in his 1927 silent movie. I own copies of each of the three 'versions' of this tale inspired by Jack the Ripper and I'm here to tell you that neither of the movie versions demonstrated complete faithfulness to Ms. Lowndes' book. To illustrate I must act as a spoiler here, so be advised. BEGINNING OF SPOILER SECTION.

Hitchcock followed Lowndes' script for most of his movie, only veering off in the final scenes. The elderly Buntings and their daughter (actually only his daughter, Mrs. Bunting being his second wife though leaving that part of it out of a silent movie makes sense) were nicely portrayed as humble serving people who were a bit down on their luck at the story's opening and who were then happy to receive the lodger as his rent money pulled their fat out of the fire, so to speak. And Joe, the young cop with his eye on the lovely Daisy Bunting, was portrayed nicely as a well-meaning bumbler of sorts. But as things heat up Hitch begins to depart from Lowndes' script, giving Daisy a much larger role and having her grow increasingly fond of the lodger, Mr. Sleuth.
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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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