The Lodger (2009)

Genre(s): Horror / Thriller
Sony || R - 95 minutes - $24.96 || February 10, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-03-12

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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

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.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Director: David Ondaatje
Writer(s): Marie Belloc Lowndes (book); David Ondaatje (screenplay)
Cast: Alfred Molina, Hope Davis, Simon Baker, Shane West, Donal Logue

Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean, Thai, Chinese

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.::THE FILM::.

So not only did it rain today, but itís supposed to rain for the next few days where I live, which ticks me off since I was supposed to go to the Zoo tomorrow since we rescheduled. Sadly, that wonít be happening and now I get to struggle to find somewhere good to eat at instead. How did it go from the Zoo to restaurant? No idea, if anyone knows that transition, feel free to e-mail me. Moving on to The Lodger, which is a thriller/horror film that isnít really much of either.

Detective Chandler Manning (Alfred Molina) is at the scene of a crime, where a hooker has been killed in a violent way. He is disturbed by this, not because of who was killed, but how, as though the way she was killed is a mimic to a convict who was recently convicted of the exact crimes years ago. He thinks that it is just a random occurrence, as he tells the reporters the next day, but there may be a possibility that the courts convicted and just recently killed the wrong man for the crimes.

Bunting (Donal Logue) and his rather creepy wife Ellen (Hope Davis) are eating breakfast when they see the paper, and Bunting makes a comment about the murders. The entire time Ellen gives him these weird looks thinking that he did the murders for some reason, and Bunting leaves to go to work. Later in the day Malcolm (Simon Baker) shows up and asks if their place is for rent still, as he saw the sign up front and apologizes he didnít call ahead.

Meanwhile, Manning visits the coronerís office to find that the victim died of many stab and slash wounds, and that the killer is also left handed. The coroner also asks about Manningís wife, as though they are having some problems which I wonít spoil for you, even though itís not really that interesting anyways. At the conference for the detectives, Manning once again insists itís a copycat killer even though itís identical to previous killings. There are also a few big wigs in the room, who the officers think are there about possibly executing the wrong man for the crimes.

Ellen shows Malcolm around the house, and he becomes the lodger who lives in their spare room. We learn that he is a writer and needs absolute quiet. So, murders are popping up in the area, a random guy shows up and takes your spare room and says that he isnít to be disturbed no matter what, the flares donít go up he might be a bit creepy? Who carries $1,000 on them just in case they find somewhere to live? Bunting returns home to confront Ellen about letting some mysterious stranger just move in who only wants Ellen to come into his new lodge, and not Bunting or anyone else. Bunting, the voice of reason in this movie, says that heís odd and probably shouldnít move in. Well duh.

More kills come into the coronerís office, as more and more prostitutes are killed off. The coroner tells Manning and another detective that the killer isnít imitating the person who was convicted for the crimes; he is the person who killed them years ago. This angers Manning, as though the wrong man may have been convicted for the crimes. Just who is the killer? Is it the lodger? Is it Manning?

Yes, in case you havenít figured it out by now this is another Jack The Ripper type film, well it is a Jack The Ripper film. Didnít Johnny Depp already do this sort of movie called From Hell years ago? That was somewhat decent, but this one just isnít. The acting is really sub-par, the story dull and not entertaining, and finally the ending is blah. Sorry, but this just isnít enjoyable enough to watch.


Deleted and Alternate Scenes (8 minutes): Ten total scenes that are either done a different way or werenít in the movie. Theyíre too brief and donít add anything to the overall story.

Behind The Scenes (18 minutes): The cast and crew talk about the movie and what it was based on. Itís a bit interesting if you are into the history of Jack the Ripper, but all others should probably pass on this.


There are some major problems with the video from the start, mainly dealing with contrast. The film has an overall dark tone to it, which at times prevents the video from accurately being seen. The levels are off for most of the movie, as itís near impossible to see the characters in their entirety. Colors and flesh tones are okay, but not as good as they should look. The contrast is the major issue here as if you canít see the film then why watches it?

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track accompanying the film is light and doesnít provide much action. The front speakers are only used, as the rears werenít activated, or if they were, the levels were too low to even notice. Dialogue also comes in fairly low in the movie, sometimes being overtaken by the background noise from other characters. The dialogue itself though is clear, just not loud enough to be considered a good track.


The Lodger works on some levels, but not the ones that matter. The cast tries their hardest, but canít be saved by a terrible script and predictable outcomes. The audio and video are also lacking, as are the extras. I canít recommend more than a rental for this one, as this is one lodge to take major caution in visiting.