ReviewWriter: Naseem RandhawaWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“Single White Female”, “Poison Ivy II: Lily”, “Fear”
"The Roommate" is what one will get if "Single White Female" ever came out with a prequel called "Single White Female: The College Years". Revolving around the similar concept of the jealous psychotic friend, "The Roommate" starts out with Minka Kelly's character (Sara), a small town girl from Des Moines who is a fashion design freshman at the University of Los Angeles. She shares her dorm room with Leighton Meester's character (Rebecca), a sweet rich girl from the suburbs, or so she seems to be at first. Unbeknownst to Sara, there is more to Rebecca than what meets the eyes - in a more negative way.
As it turns out, Rebecca is more than just different. One by one, Sara's friends stop coming around, her ex-boyfriend from Des Moines stops calling and she finds herself spending more and more time with Rebecca, who is becoming less and less of a roommate and more like a possessive girlfriend; except without the make-out sessions. No, that would be entirely too provocative or controversial for a movie that could not afford to have an over-18 rating, as that will leave out the high school bunch which would make up the most of the movie's target audience.
With the story by rookie screenwriter Sonny Malhi for director Christian E. Christiansen's debut Hollywood film, it is no wonder that this movie lacks originality or the proper thrills and gore of a decent horror flick. The producers might have thought that the cast that comprised of TV teen idols would have been enough to draw their audiences in, but alas, that may not have worked out for the best.
None of the cast which is comprised of Minka Kelly ("Friday Night Lights"), Cam Gigandet ("The OC") and Matt Lanter ("90210") to Daneel Harris ("One Tree Hill") as well as Alyson Michalka ("Hellcats") seemed to offer something beyond their good looks. Although Leighton Meester's shift from a kitten-cuddling, clothes-sharing roommate to a potentially dangerous stalker happened so abruptly, it is still a pleasant change compared to her annoying know-it-all social butterfly role in teen drama series "Gossip Girl". Not to be forgotten however that Billy Zane ("Demon Knight") is also in the movie and he plays the sexually ambiguous fashion professor in his 15 minutes of fame or shame, the audience shall decide.
Probably as a decent Saturday night stay-at-home-movie, "The Roommate" could be the unofficial, albeit denser prequel to "Single White Female", except without the terror, suspense, horror, gore, violence, intrigue, or sexiness the latter projected.Cinema Online, 13 April 2011