This review of “The Roommate” on DVD/Blu-ray appears on KTKA-49.
I think that “The Roommate,” new out on DVD and Blu-ray, is supposed to be a thriller. Or maybe it was intended to be a PG-13 horror flick for tweens. It’s hard to tell exactly what the movie was meant to be because it has no personality whatsoever.
It stars Minka Kelly from TV’s “Parenthood” as a silky-haired college freshman taking fashion courses and Leighton Meester from “Gossip Girl” as her clingy, overprotective roommate. On the surface, it reminded me of “Single White Female,” but the difference is that that movie was trashy, melodramatic fun and it knew it.
“The Roommate” is as bland as movies get. There’s not one single nod or wink to the audience and it never manages to develop even an iota of suspense. What’s really weird is its complete reliance on a slick modern rock soundtrack that never seems to stop—there’s almost no score at all.
In that respect, “The Roommate” isn’t really a movie, but instead a series of high-budget music videos with some dialogue sprinkled between.
Leave it to the deleted scenes and making-of extras that make it a little more obvious. It turns out everyone involved really thought they were making a thriller!