The Occupant (Hogar): Movie Review - Reel Advice Movie Reviews

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Occupant (Hogar): Movie Review

"The Occupant" is a mix of social themes and a ruthless protagonist - think of it as "Joker" or maybe even "Parasite" with a hint of "Silence of the Lambs". But the film is preposterous at its core and it takes it sweet time to do anything at all. It's a slow and meaningless burn that leads to nowhere.
Javier's life starts to unravel as he struggles to find a new job. Eventually, he loses his home and now about to lose his car. But when he chances upon the young and wealthy residents of his old home, he devices a plan to salvage his life at any cost.
For more than half of the film, "The Occupant" had us scratching our heads asking ourselves what is the point of it all? Our protagonist struggles as his life unravels but instead of doing things right, he becomes a con-man and a killer. Sounds like the plot of "Joker" but minus the powerful acting or powerful narrative that made that film such a moving experience. What we get with "The Occupant" is a mind-bender that doesn't make any sense and worse, it's a literal leisurely stroll to its unsatisfying climax. It also had some side plots that either didn't go anywhere or completely came out of nowhere. By the time the film unravels its secrets, it's pretty much too late to salvage anything. The only saving grace for the film was its wonderful visuals and cinematography but that's pretty much about it.
Rating: 1 reel






Why you should watch it:
- great visuals but not much else

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- it's a slow burn to an unsatisfying climax

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