‘Watcher’ Can’t Lap ‘Rear Window,’ Other Voyeur Classics

Chloe Okuno’s “Watcher” stars Maika Monroe as Julia, an American living with her boyfriend in Romania.

While he’s at work, she looks out her window and notices the silhouette of a man watching her from the building across from hers. At first it seems an odd coincidence, except the figure is always there, seemingly never leaving his vantage point.

Plus – a serial killer is reportedly running loose.

“Watcher” is effective but also begs the feature-length question, where is this going? Will the big reveal and payoff at the end be worth our time?

The answer is mostly yes, though the film is composed of spare parts. There’s a lot of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” (1954) and Roman Polanski’s “The Tenant” (1976) in this. Heck, even “Every Breath You Take”...

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