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Lakeview Terrace (DVD, 2009)
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A quick perusal of any of LAKEVIEW TERRACE's promotional materials--its nervy trailer, its foreboding (and painterly) dawn-hued poster featuring Samuel L. Jackson looking less...Read more
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Chris Mattson and his wife Lisa have bought their first hime in the sunny Lakeview Terrace. The idea is to start a family here and after a while sell the house with profit and...Read more
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Thriller about a young mixed-race couple who are pleased to find that the neighbour at their first married home is a policeman. How comforting! But they soon learn, the hard w...Read more

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A quick perusal of any of LAKEVIEW TERRACE's promotional materials--its nervy trailer, its foreboding (and painterly) dawn-hued poster featuring Samuel L. Jackson looking less-than-neighborly in his squad car--not only reveals it as a thriller, but offers up aesthetic evocations of several popular home-invasion suspensers made in the early 1990s. Like UNLAWFUL ENTRY and PACIFIC HEIGHTS, LAKEVIEW TERRACE takes place in upper-middle-class Californian suburbia. The film's ubiquitous purple sky and poolside lighting create an air of domestic bourgeois comfort just waiting to be upended by deadly, social unease. In this mode, the surprises start coming when the film opens with intimate household scenes not of the film's purported heroes, an interracial couple who's about to move next-door, but of its not-entirely-apparent villain--a curiously middle-aged beat cop (Jackson) who raises a few eyebrows when he close-mindedly bullies his children, but seems sad and sympathetic.


The cop, a black man named Abel Turner, blankly observes from his home when the first new neighbour he sees is an African-American wife (Kerry Washington)--and then reacts with quiet shock and disgust when he realizes that the white mover is actually her husband, Chris (Patrick Wilson). The invasion in this home-invasion thriller is, ironically, the one perceived by its psychologically damaged bad guy. Abel, offended and ostensibly law-immune, immediately begins jabbing Chris with a toxic, racial passive-aggression that quickly becomes impossible to ignore. LAKEVIEW TERRACE adheres to a satisfying thriller construct. It's also a little interested in exploiting the archetypes of squirm-inducing domestic threat--all the nasty scenarios viewers know could happen from seeing those earlier movies--to consider several facets of American racism: its inevitability in familial and casual issues and its existence in liberal white guilt as much as its poisonous mixture with mental illness.


Credits
Leading Role 1Patrick Wilson
Leading Role 2Kerry Washington
Leading Role 3Samuel L. Jackson
Additional Roles byJay Hernandez
Director 1Neil Labute
ProducerWill Smith, James Lassiter
ScreenwriterDavid Loughery, Howard Korder
Score ComposerJeff Danna, Michael Danna

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Region2
Release FormatDVD
Rating15
Release Year2009
GenreThriller
Additional GenreGeneral
LanguageEnglish
Subtitle LanguagesArabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, English, Estonian, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Turkish
Running Time106 minutes
EAN5035822805033

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WELL WORTH WATCHING

Created: 13/05/09
Chris Mattson and his wife Lisa have bought their first hime in the sunny Lakeview Terrace. The idea is to start a family here and after a while sell the house with profit and move on. But that's without counting on their neighbour, police officer Abel Turner.

Abel has lost his wife several years ago and is trying to raise his two kids by himself. He's also very "oldskool" and doesn't quite like the fact that Chris and Lisa are of different race.
As his obsessive behaviour with rules and regulations grows worse, Chris and Lisa become very aware that Abel doesn't want to have them around, but how do you complain about indecent behaviour from a cop?
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Lakeview Terrace

Created: 14/06/09
Thriller about a young mixed-race couple who are pleased to find that the neighbour at their first married home is a policeman. How comforting! But they soon learn, the hard way, that he is the cop from hell. Samuel L. Jackson is chillingly credible as the manic policeman.
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Lakeview terrace

Created: 11/11/10
I enjoyed this film, as always Samuel L Jackson was fantastic. He played a charactor that you have to hate..
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Created: 11/04/12
A great thriller
Samuel L Jackson again showing us his versatility in his role and his adaptability and almost stealing the show in this great nail biteing to the end masterpeice.
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Great movie

Created: 16/05/11
I really enjoyed this it has everything. Suspense,action and jackson is superb. Was a bit hit in the states but kind of overlooked in the uk.
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