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Lakeview Terrace

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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.

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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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  • Actors: Kerry Washington, Patrick Wilson, Samuel Jackson, Jay Hernandez
  • Directors: Neil LaBute
  • Producers: James Lassiter, Will Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Thai, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JV5AZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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.
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I saw part of this on TV and that is why purchased it. Couldn't rely on seeing it listed. I haven't watched the DVD yet, but the portion I saw on TV tells me I'll really enjoy seeing it from start to finish. I like Patrick Wilson is under-rated -- he is a good actor (and a good singer as well). Wish they made musicals again - I know he has appeared in revivals -- but would be nice to see him in a film that is a musical. And, as I said before -- he is a good actor. Good facial expressions - and above all, believable.
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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. Congratulations to the producers for a work that depicted a high level of creativity.
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I am paralyzed on one side visually impaired from gunshot overseas I am thrilled to be able to purchased this wonderful item online have delivered to my door without needing to order the Handicap van to shop
I bought it for girlfriend for birthday she loved it
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This is filled with immense hilarity and situations that will make you almost spill your soda. Samuel Jackson, whose on screen persona in every movie steals the show and is unmatched, is a police officer who holds on to old fashioned values. He makes his kids dress appropriately and watches them like a hawk. He heads the neighborhood watch and keeps an eye on the people who live on his block. And he doesn't like interracial marriage, so of course an interracial couple moves into the house next door! It couldn't possibly go any other way!

What ensues are moments of sheer laughter as he bursts the bubble of the tree hugging, Toyota Prius driving, veggie steaming lefty husband of the black woman. The husband is smoking a cigarette in his Prius (an ORGANIC one as he points out to Jackson, HA!) because his wife doesn't like him doing so. He has rap music playing and Jackson tells him, "You know you can play that noise all night long and when you wake up tomorrow morning, you'll still be white." If that alone does not convince you to watch this movie, let's take into account Sam's 90% of the way strip tease at their pool to his boxers and going "Let's let it all hang out! WOOOOO!", his throwing a loud party with strippers, vandalizing the Prius, firing up the electric cutters when his new neighbors try to create a wall of privacy with shrubery, and his use of outdoor lighting to piss them off. Of course things escalate big time and result in him storming their house with a gun, but I won't say anything else. One of the best scenes is before the bad blood really gets going, when the couple invite him over for a house warming party. He gets into an argument with their friends about the temperment of police officers and...wait for it...global warming! ROFL Pop open a drink, have a snack at the ready and enjoy the humor of the drama as you wish Sammy would launch into his quoting of Ezekial from Pulp Fiction each time he fires a volley in their direction.
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