Warren Rome

Warren Rome

Author of the Macabre

The Roommate


After the monstrosity that was ‘The Dinosaur Project’ I decided upon watching a thriller that supposedly (according to many reviews) could provide some solace from the disappointment of the earlier offering.  How I wish I had not bothered.


Now, don’t get me wrong, if you have never viewed ‘Single White Female’, ‘Fatal Attraction’, ‘Swimfan’ or any other number of these psycho-fem movies then you may well enjoy ‘The Roommate’.  I however have viewed plenty of these movies (the three films I have mentioned all of which are vastly superior to this dull and frankly rip-off film that I am still at a loss as to how it so blatantly got away with it).  I appreciate that there are many movies which are released seemingly these days which are basically a mish-mash of earlier efforts, and movies under the guise of a ‘re-imagining’ of someone else’s work.  To be such a blatant rip-off however, I feel, is unforgiveable.


In Single White Female we watch in horror as the main character’s boyfriend is enticed (whilst being half asleep) into sexual activity.  Only when fully into the ‘action’ does he realise that the person he is enjoying the moment with, is not who he thought it was…  By then, it is too late.  Well, this scene is copied and portrayed without prejudice in ‘The Roomate’.  Plagiarism?  Pah!  Who Cares??!!


I would like to say that despite such obvious duplicating and re-working of scenes, themes and ideas, this modern update is an improvement.  There again I would like to say that I have a bank account and shares of over three million pounds, unfortunately I cannot as it would be a lie.  To say this movie offers anything of an improvement on the films it borrows heavily from would be a lie also, so I won’t. 


If you are after a good thriller which involves psychic female stalkers, watch the other films I mentioned previously and confine this to the dumpster.


Another 4/10 I'm afraid. ****


Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mUDIohiK2I


Stay Scared.





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