Roommate problems – they are about as common in college as the freshman 15. You know that everything is far from normal, though, when the situation reaches the level of crazy that it does in The Roommate. In The Roommate, Sarah (Minka Kelly, from Friday Night Lights) and Rebecca (Leighton Meester, from Country Strong) are roommates and friends – at first, that is. Throughout the movie, Rebecca becomes completely obsessed with her new “friend.” She wants Sarah all to herself, and is willing to go to some extreme measures to make that happen.
This movie is much less scary than the previews led me to believe. I expected The Roommate to be more of a psychological thriller than it is. The scariest scenes are not very violent or gory. They are creepy on a psychological level (for example, seeing the journal full of drawings of Sarah that Rebecca keeps).
The Roommate’s plotline is so familiar that it makes it predictable. The movie has little build-up in suspense. It is obvious that Rebecca has some major mental problems, and she begins to act strangely from the beginning. More build-up of tension between the characters over time would have created a less predictable plot and made the movie scarier.
The Roommate is a fun movie if you are in the mood for a cliché scary movie that will not give you nightmares after watching it. The plot is predictable at points, yet still entertaining. I would recommend waiting until it is out on DVD to watch it.