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Lakeview Terrace (2008)

Samuel L. Jackson , Patrick Wilson , Neil LaBute  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington, Ron Glass, Justin Chambers
  • Directors: Neil LaBute
  • Writers: David Loughery, Howard Korder
  • Producers: David Loughery, James Lassiter, Jeffrey Graup, Joe Pichirallo, John Cameron
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JV5AZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,121 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A young couple (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) has just moved into their California dream home when they become the target of their next-door neighbor, who disapproves of their relationship. A stern, single father, this tightly wound LAPD officer (Samuel L. Jackson) has appointed himself the watchdog of the neighborhood. His nightly foot patrols and overly watchful eyes bring comfort to some, but he becomes increasingly aggressive to the newlyweds. These persistent intrusions into their lives cause the couple to fight back.

The usually provocative Neil LaBute reigns in his more eccentric tendencies for this straightforward domestic thriller. Then again, LaBute, who divides his time between cinema and theater, didn't write the material. The bad vibes begin when Chris (Patrick Wilson) and Lisa Mattson (Kerry Washington) move in next door to widowed cop Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson, as nasty as Aaron Eckhart in LaBute's In the Company of Men). A strict father of two, Turner works in a diverse unit (Jay Hernandez plays his partner), but takes less kindly to interracial relationships. From the start, he makes the Mattsons uncomfortable with inappropriate remarks and unwarranted intrusions, like the security light trained on their bedroom, under the guise of self-appointed neighborhood guardian. Initially, Turner's actions exacerbate the tensions between the seemingly happy pair--Lisa wants to start a family, Chris wants to wait--until they realize they'll have to work together to protect themselves from their troubled neighbor. And since he's a member of the LAPD, Turner's colleagues have his back, despite the break-ins and flat tires bedeviling the Mattsons. When they make it clear they intend to stay, Turner takes his harassment campaign to the next level. The A-list cast does what they can, but the B-movie script from Howard Korder and Passenger 57's David Loughery, offers few surprises--at least to those who've seen Fatal Attraction and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle--and LaBute's by-the-books direction lacks its usual bite. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars if only they could've come up with a more CREATIVE ending December 15, 2008
There's an inherent problem with making a movie of this kind: unless you're a creative genius of your time, these sorts of movies have the potential to turn real generic, REAL fast.

Reminiscent of Denzel Washington from Training Day, we see Samuel L. Jackson play an overly aggressive cop with an agenda, with the movie focusing on the problems he's causing for his new neighbors. A completely realistic situation that can take place anywhere. Problem is, because a movie like this is completely character driven, after you have the nice slow build up to the climax, once the tension snaps, you're relegated to basically a generically default final act of the movie where "the bad guy finally comes out of the proverbial shadows and literally chases the hero." (i.e. Disturbia, The Glass House). It's a shame too because the buildup on this was very good. Samuel L. Jackson was really scary here, he played that bullying, obsessive character perfect. The only acting problems I saw were 2-3 moments from Kerry Washington where her sad face was done poorly, with overly done lip quivers and facial movements (similar to Kirsten Dunst's crying scenes from the Spider-Man movies, except done in a BAD way).

With a movie like this, you pretty much have these possible outcomes:

1) the generic, semi-predictable ending (like we got here).
2) tragic ending with hero dying at the end.
3) an unpredictable twist coming out of left field (this has the potential to be very good or very bad).
4) a Great ending.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hate Thy Neighbor September 22, 2008
Don't think for one second that director Neil LaBute and screenwriters David Loughery and Howard Korder didn't know what they were doing. "Lakeview Terrace" is not merely a disturbing thriller about a black cop that hates his neighbors for being an interracial couple; it's an intelligent, thought-provoking examination of race relations in general, strengthened by its atypical cinematic approach to racism. How different would the reaction to this film be if the roles were reversed, if it told the story of a racist white cop that hated his black neighbor? It would most likely be ignored, because goodness knows we've seen such movies before. "Lakeview Terrace" is refreshing in its willingness to look at things from a largely unseen perspective, which in turn gives the audience more to think about. What a mature turn for LaBute, who completely missed the mark with his God-awful 2006 remake of "The Wicker Man."

It should be noted here that Lakeview Terrace, a suburb of Los Angeles, is where Rodney King was beaten and arrested by the police in the spring of 1991. This is obviously not a coincidence on the filmmaker's part, and neither is the fact that the story is ambiguous in its social commentary. Essentially, LaBute expects up to make up our own minds about who's right and who's wrong. Granted, it seems pretty clear-cut throughout the film; LAPD officer Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson) goes to great lengths to destroy the lives of his new next-door neighbors, and he does so because the husband, Chris Mattson (Patrick Wilson), is white and the wife, Lisa (Kerry Washington), is black. Turner begins slowly, dropping a series of subtle hints. His security lights, for example, come on in the middle of the night, and they shine directly into the Mattsons' bedroom.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hatred out of hand March 15, 2009
Home ownership is still the American Dream. When newlyweds Chris and Lisa Mattson (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) move into their first home together, they are understandably excited. Very quickly, that dream becomes a nightmare for both them and their neighbor, Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson).

Turner's a widowed Dad with two kids he's trying to keep out of the trouble he sees every day on the street. He's pretty strict, but it's just him parenting. And he's not too comfortable about the interracial couple who's just moved in the neighborhood.

Lisa and Chris can't sleep for the security lights Abel has around his home.

Abel's kids see Chris and Lisa having a sexual encounter in their poor.

Chris plays loud rap music driving up to his home--and throws the cigarettes his wife doesn't know he's smoking over on Abel's yard.

Okay, Abel's pretty heavy. He patrols the neighborhood and issues unsigned parking tickets to people over the line. Not everyone likes it.

Tensions mount as Abel gets in trouble on his job. Chris and Lisa aren't doing so well, either. Lisa wants to start a family, but Chris isn't so sure.

The film has fascinating character arcs for both Chris and Abel. Initially, neither person is fully at fault, but as relations continue to spiral downhill, the tit for tat gets more and more vicious and cuts closer to home.

Abel's character rivets you to your seat. You see him determined to make a good home and family and yet his life is spinning further and further out of control. Hate him/pity him, you will not be devoid of emotion when you see the man on the screen.

And are the Mattsons the happy couple they initially seem to be?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie With An Interesting Story Line
Good movie. Samuel Jackson was convincing as a troubled police officer. This movie addresses the topics of racism and abuse of authority in a unique fashion. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Samuel L. Jackson at his very best!
Published 26 days ago by LAURI MICHAELS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a great movie 5 star rating!!!!!
Published 29 days ago by Jackie Broadnax
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
it was boring for the most part
Published 1 month ago by jdsweetdaddy
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie.
Very good movie. Tells how discrimination can get in the way of being neighbors.
Published 1 month ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Move From Lakeview Terrace...
Excellent suspense movie! Keeps you trying to figure out what happens next. Hope there's a sequel to this well performed and written movie.
Published 3 months ago by Jacqueline Manuel
2.0 out of 5 stars I am giving this movie *2* stars instead of *1* star because...
Its a movie about reverse racism. Samuel Jackson does a good job as being the
unbalanced, paranoid, black neighbor who happens to hate white guys. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a deep breath. Take a really deep breath.
This story builds slowly and sweetly til it scares the pants off of you. Samual L. Jackson is petrifying as the next door neighbor who is so quietly menacing that it makes the hair... Read more
Published 5 months ago by flickchick
5.0 out of 5 stars Good one
Edge of your seat as Samuel L. Jackson carries the whole movie and covers the screen in bigger then life roles the way only he can play them. A good watch.
Published 5 months ago by Dianne Price
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting movie
The suspense in this movie was great, it kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was coming next.
Published 6 months ago by cassandra covington
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