February 10, 2011 Volume CXXIX Issue 3

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The exhibit is housed in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery.

Movie makes student grateful for rooming assignments

Staff Writer

The thriller film, directed by Christian E. Christiansen was released in theaters on February 4, 2011, and stars Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly and Cam Gigandet.

With the tagline “2,000 colleges, 8 million roommates, which one will you get?” comes an interesting concept on the whole roommate thing. If you think about it, the process of being given a random roommate is exciting and terrifying for most people. I have been lucky with mine, and have lived with her all four years of college. It was a perfect match, and we have been blissfully happy roommates since freshman year, but what if one does not get so lucky? “The Roommate” is every college girl’s nightmare and you just better hope you do not get stuck with one like this.

Sara Matthews (played by Minka Kelly, “Friday Night Lights,” “500 Days of Summer”) moves into her new dorm anxiously awaiting her roommate to move in as well. When she finally shows up, Sara is pleased with her new friend and dorm-mate, Rebecca (Leighton Meester, “Gossip Girl,” “Country Strong”). The two share stories, interests and clothes. It is a seemingly perfect match, until Rebecca begins to alienate Sara from her new friends, old friends,and boyfriend. This is when things being to change. Rebecca is not who she seems and is hiding some deep issues. She is going to endanger Sara’s life and the people around her until she has what she wants.

Never underestimate the power of a crazy chick. It can be deadly to mess with them, and you should never make enemies. This is especially true when you live with them. “The Roommate” reminded me a lot of movies such as “Single White Female,” “The Crush” and “Poison Ivy.” Each of these films featured women that would manipulate and lie until they got what they wanted. As far as Leighton Meester playing the psycho chick goes, she was pretty convincing. She was evil and super crazy, but could still make people fall under her spell. Meester was an excellent femme fatale and played her role well. I look forward to seeing her in more films. Minka Kelly was a bit boring as the main girl, and I thought if she spoke in her baby voice one more time, I was going to leave the theatre. However, she was a good opposite of Meester and the two played off of each other well. Aly Michalka (“Easy A,” “Hellcats”) played the role of the friend who partied too much; Cam Gigandet (“Twilight,” “Never Back Down”) played the boyfriend, and was one of the most believable characters and Billy Zane (“Titanic”) plays a creep-o professor who regrets messing with good ol’ Rebecca. I thought all of the roles were chosen well and their story lines kept the movie interesting.

As far as whether or not this movie is original, the answer is no. It is entertaining, and keeps you anticipating every scene, but it has been done a thousand times before. There were some gasping scenes where the whole theatre was shocked, and some gross out scenes involving belly-button rings and cats that I do not care to see again. The events that unfolded were riveting at times and you could not believe some of the stunts Rebecca pulled. They were obviously a little far-fetched, but engaging none the less. It would be unfortunate to be in Sara’s situation and it once again made me glad for my roomie. Overall this is a great movie for a Friday night when you want a little entertainment, but maybe not so much for any incoming college students. Beware getting stuck with a chick like Rebecca. Hopefully you will make it out alive.


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