The Occupant [2020] ★★½

The synopsis for this Spanish thriller doesn’t do it justice, at least the one being shared online. When I found it streaming on Netflix, I had to see for myself. As a result, this wasn’t half bad. In fact, if you enjoy films that move at a deliberately slow pace with twists and turns that occur in the final third, then “The Occupant” could be the thriller for you. When a once successful man (nicely played by Javier Gutiérrez) finds himself forced to leave a fancy apartment he can no longer afford with his family, he decides to stalk the new residents. We don’t always know what he’s planning to do next, which is why the movie is entirely watchable. That’s not to say that it’s a genuine original (far from it actually), and I probably wouldn’t pay to see it on the big screen. But this is why we have streaming platforms in this day and age. Films that do not require much analysis go down easier from the comfort of your own couch, and “The Occupant” is a fine example of that. Simply put: it gets the job done.

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