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In this dramatic thriller a young couple move into their dream home and are increasinlgy harassed by their next door neighbor a tightly wound lapd officer. When the couple decides to fight back the feud turns deadly. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 01/27/2009 Starring: Ron Glass Run time: 110 minutes Rating: Pg13 Director: Neil Labute
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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- Lakeview Terrace (+ BD Live) [Blu-ray]
Samuel Jackson is an excellent actor. Some blacks may not like who he portrays in this movie, a rascist role similar to one he did in Die Hard with a Vengeance. Like it or not there are rascist and they come in all colors. Neither is mutually exclusive. Here he terrorizes a couple because he has power as a police officer. Realizing that it is easy to see and feel how a black person being terrorized the same way would feel. Keep an open mind and most people should appreciate the real message. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. That said, this movie strings you along and then the ending is so typical you may wonder why you spent the time on this movie. If it wasn't for Jackson's acting you probably would not have wasted your time watching the whole thing. So kudos to Jackson and thumbs down to LaBute for unoriginal ending. If you enjoyed this catch Body of Lies (+ Digital Copy and BD Live) [Blu-ray].
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- Did You See the Trailer - You Saw The Movie
Lakeview Terrace is about 100 minutes too long. That leaves 10 minutes to run the opening montage, run the 3 minute trailer, and then the end credits. Honestly, the viewer would miss nothing in this film. If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the movie.
The film is about two men that decide they don't like eachother based on a few words exchanged during the first 10 minutes of the film. From there the die is cast, the story moves toward it's logical end, the shoot out at OK corral. Instantaneously I disliked Chris, the new neighbor is a nasty arrogant piece of work. His wife Lisa is a sweet easy going tender woman, that doesn't deserve such a nucklehead of a husband. Abel the police officer neighbor vassilates between a creepy nasty voyeur and a righteous rule abiding person. I went from disliking him to thinking he wasn't so bad. The director builds conflict between the two men.
The conflict escalates as the film wears on. The sad part of this film, it follows a hackneyed over told story line that is predictible from the outset. There is nothing shocking, nothing new, nothing to learn, the film just drags along to it's conclusion.
Samuel Jackson as Able is the only reason this film is two stars. Patrcik Wilson as Chris, is simply awful. It was almost painful to watch him on screen. Kerry Washington had nice moments, the first 1/4 of the film, she is pleasant.
Technically, this is no better than a television series. The camera work is awful - random camera movement. The editing is linear, like any daytime soap opera.
Rated PG-13 for violence, and language. No nudity. There are two suggestive scenes - Chris and Lisa make love in their pool; and Able throws a bachelor party where strippers attend. In neither case were there any body parts visible.
The DVD includes a director commentary, deleted scenes (of which I did not view because there was 100 minutes of what should have been deleted scenes already in the film), and a making of featurette.
Avoid this one, unless you love Samuel L. Jackson. ...more info
dont really have anything to say bad about it i enjoyed it.. didnt really have a derection and you could see where it was headed....way before it got there but over all at least a B movie ...more info
Racism is not exclusive to one race. The prejudices of Samuel Jackson's character are not all that rare. The movie takes a look at issues that still make alot of people uncomfortable. As a 50+ black man, it made me assess some of my personal beliefs. A really good movie! ...more info
- Another stupid RACIST movie
here is another stupid RACIST movie. I am very disappointed in Mr. Jackson being aligned with this whole production. He must have needed the money.
Weak characters. weak plot. RACISM at it's finest. Mr. Martin Luther King must be rolling over in his grave. Mr. Jackson and Mr. Glass, you should be a shamed. the idea is to do away with racism not promote it. People, liberals, Conservatives wonder why we all can't just get along, it is because of stereotypical crap like this.
it did have ENGLISH closed captions, that is the only good thing i can say about this movie.
do not waste your money or your time on this one. it just stinks....more info
This is a damn good movie!!!
Could have a better dvd cover art....more info
- Lakeview Terrace - Blu-ray Info
Version: U.S.A / Sony / Region A, B, C
MPEG-4 AVC BD-50 / AACS / High Profile 4.1
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Running time: 1:50:27
Movie size: 30,24 GB
Disc size: 36,96 GB
Total bit rate: 36.51 Mbps
Average video bit rate: 23.81 Mbps
Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1489 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1489 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby TrueHD Audio French 1479 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1479 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby TrueHD Audio Portuguese 1551 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1551 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Thai 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English / English SDH / Chinese / French / Indonesian / Korean / Portuguese / Spanish / Thai
Number of chapters: 16
#Commentary with Director Neil LaBute and Kerry Washington
#Deleted Scenes with optional commentary with Director Neil LaBute and Kerry Washington
#Welcome to Lakeview Terrace
--An Open House
--Meet Your Neigbors
--Home Sweet Home
--Behind the Story
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- Tense thriller with a dumb ending
From the previews, I was expecting Sam Jackson's character to be a one-dimensional villain, but thanks to the acting and the script, his disturbed mental state was completely believable and frightening. Rather than have the two main characters immediately go to war with one another, I admired how the film gradually built up the conflict between them. The first few confrontations, with subtle hints of racism and hostility, are carefully worded and brimming with tension. Paralleling the story with the spreading wildfires in the background is also a clever touch.
Unfortunately, the ending, with its obligatory shootout/fight, is cliche and unbelievable. I would have much preferred a "Changing Lanes" (also starring Jackson) type ending where the characters realize how stupid they're being and quit before resorting to Hollywood violence. Jackson's character starts out ambiguous--mostly bad but with some traces of good left in him. It would have been more interesting to see the goodness push through, rather than have him be all-bad in the end.
Bottom line: A tense, surprisingly intelligent thriller with a dumb, cop-out ending.
Richard Yee, author of Deliveries: A Collection...more info
- Another example of a movie trailer being better than the film
I had seen the trailer of this film early last year in april when it was shown with the prom night feature and I was very excited about it but when I watched the film , it misleads you from the trailer. you think youre going to see a action suspense film when you actually are watching a slow drawn out drama. please take this warning and dont rent it unless you rent it for a buck at redbox. that way if you didnt listen to me, you wouldnt lose that much money...more info
- Nice little nasty package...
"Lakeview Terrace" is truly speaking a nicely made thriller, where the line between good and bad, between bad and evil, and between eccentricity and vile is undetectable at best, absent at worst.
The work of director Neil LaBute is pretty crafty, and does succeed in sending a chill up your spine on more than one ocassion, and makes you doubt your instincts. But somewhere along the way, it begins to attack reason and the movie simply loses "it".
The story is primarily of a young couple, Chris (Patrick Wilson, from "The Alamo", "The Phantom of the Opera") and Lisa Mattson (Kerry Washington, from "Ray", "The Last King of Scotland"), who happen to be an inter-racial couple - something their new neighbor Abel Turner (Sam Jackson, from "Pulp Fiction", "Star Wars", "Coach Carter") is strictly against! He is a strict single parent to his two children whom he intends to bring up by his own rules at all times, and an LAPD 23-year veteran who's perhaps had more than enough tiffs with the Int. Affairs already.
He is a guy with a bad taste, basically a misanthrope, out to take revenge on the world, revenge for the drunken driver who killed his wife, revenge for his wife who he suspects, even three years after her death, was cheating on him, revenge on the scum of the streets who he believes he has a right to teach some "good manners", even if it ends up in a lawsuit against the PD. Jackson does an extremely good role as a guy with a hammer, and so, for whom every problem is a nailhead!
It's scary when the young couple realize that they have a dangerous cop as a neighbor, and they won't be able to call the cops for literally anything he does. And he does a lot - to try and evict them from "his" neighborhood. And lest you get this wrong, he is not against other races - just against inter-racialism. He believes white is white, and black is black and ne'er the twain shall meet... and will go to any extent to make the world around him mirror this image.
There are some really spooky and nasty things that happen throughout the movie, and trouble with their neighbor also beings out the worst in the new couple, who are anyway having differences about beginning a family. Gradually, their anger, even though started because of the guy next door, spills over and starts a fire in a totally different new area. Pretty much like a wild fire - just a coincidence that there's a wild fire shown in the movie too!
3 stars out of 5 - for Jackson's sterling performance. Both Wilson and Washington act a little subdued, IMO, and could do with a little more emotion on their faces rather than look wooden all through, even when they are supposedly professing their love for each other. The only warmth in the movie is the fire that the Turner character spews every now and then!
No more, also because the story perhaps left a little to be extrapolated and thus, IMO, could have used a little more character development....more info
- One of Samuel L. Jackson's Best Performances
This was overall a really good movie. I found the majority of the plot to be original and creative. You basically have Samuel L. Jackson playing a neighbor who at first seems to be a good cop and family man that just likes his privacy but he quickly shows himself as something worse. Everyone knows the story so I'm not going to give everyone the 1000th summary of the movie. Basically I found myself at first thinking Jackson's character was a pretty decent guy and by the time the movie was over I was shocked at the dark side to this character. What started out as a minor dislike for his neighbors eventually turned into a hatred for them. No matter what they did, he wanted them out of that house and he would go to great lengths to make sure that happened.
This was one of Samuel L's best acting performances ever in my opinion. He does a great job of having you believe he's a good family man one minute and a crazy lunatic of a neighbor the next. It was interesting to see how he would react to different things the neighbors were doing and how far he would go. The movie certainly kept you guessing through most of it. The one downside for me as others have said was the ending which seemed predictable and bery un-original. A better ending and this movie would be a 5 star movie. It's still a great movie though and one I'll watch again as well as recommend to others....more info
- A fair movie
Lakeview Terrace was not a great movie, but it wasn't horrible either. It wasn't as much of a thriller as I thought it would be.
Sam Jackson is good in this, as are the other actors.
This movie is something you would watch if you had time to kill on a weekend afternoon and didn't want to think too much....more info
- The movie really creeped me out!
The movie's premise is about escalating crisis and tension between Abel Turner and Chris/Lisa Matteson the new interracial couple next door. At first the tension starts out mild with Turner shining a security light right at their bedroom window and watching the couple make out in the swimming pool, but things gradually worsen and escalate out of control as Turner make it a complete NIGHTMARE for the couple and tries to back them against the wall to MOVE OUT, OR ELSE...
The "or else" part gets really out of control when later in the movie Abel hires someone he arrested before to ransack the Matteson house and arrest him to make him look like a hero. This is where things really gets scary and the audience become very angry. Things start to escalate out of control and darken at this point. If you want to get into a mind of a lonely psychopath who torments his neighbors because of deep seated resentments, this is definitely the movie to see!
I only gave it 4 stars because there is a lot of violence in the end of the movie and this is definitely NOT a PG-13 movie. It is meant for adult audiences only because of the amount of gun violence involved in the 2nd half of the movie. I definitely don't recommend anyone under the age of 18 see this violent movie.
In closing I just hope that this movie doesn't become a real-life story one day, although there have been similar incidents!
- decnt but
it was decent intrigging but the day is een it liek 15 or so people kept saying the firs half horu was boring and drugg out but got better towards the end i agreed there was some racial comment some supense but first half hour was too slow in my opinion...more info
- Good, but They Want to Make the Black Man the New Racist.
This is a good movie, one of the few decent ones this decade. I just do not like the way the religious group (not Christian or Muslim) who controls Hollywood are now trying to make it appear as if the black man is not the victim of racism, but the racist himself!
I know this sort of thing is the latest thing in race relations, to call blacks raciss against whites when we all know the opposite is the standard. That is my problem with the theme. On the acting side, the white husband was cast wrong. He and his wife never seemed like they were together or in love. He also did not act or look like a guy who would want a black woman or listen to old school hip-hop. I just was not convinced on his part.
The girl who played Jackons's daughter was cute and it was good to see Ron Glass out there since I thought he had died. It is still a good movie that you already know how it will build up. I just don't like the portrayal of a black man as a 24 hour racist. How come there are no films about Jewish control of the media or Jewish gangsters who ruled the Itlalian mafia? Food for thought....more info
- Hate Thy Neighbor
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. As the film progresses, his hostility escalates into full-blown psychological warfare.
I'm making this sound far too simple. Turner is not merely an evil man; as both a cop and a single father, he's seen his fair share of injustice. To elaborate would give too much away, but rest assured, he has very definite reasons for hating his neighbors, for wanting to not only get them out of Lakeview Terrace, but also to drive a wedge between them. Chris and Lisa are introduced as a lovey-dovey couple happy to be first-time homeowners. But it isn't long before tensions begin mounting. Example: Chris is hesitant to start a family even though Lisa is eager. He has legitimate reasons for wanting to wait; they just moved in, after all, and they need time to settle into their new lives. In spite of this, one can't help but believe it has nothing to do with settling in. While not directly stated, it may, in fact, have to do with raising biracial children. This, as it turns out, is a source of tension between Chris and Lisa's father, Harold (Ron Glass), who never seems to address his son-in-law without a great deal of effort.
Is it possible that Chris and Lisa were never meant to be together? Did they fall in love for all the wrong reasons? Again, none of this directly stated. But considering the way they're now treating each other, it seems very likely that they're rethinking some of the decisions they've made. Lisa thinks their biggest mistake was moving to Lakeview Terrace, not just because their neighbor is unfriendly, but also because she's away from her family and her friends. Chris, determined to prove himself as both a husband and a man, refuses to leave the neighborhood. This paves the way for the film's last twenty minutes, which, on the surface, unfolds in much the same way as an ordinary thriller. Below the surface lies miscommunication, grief, and a lifetime of hard feelings, none of which make it easy to determine who represents good and who represents evil. I say this because, when the climactic final battle between Chris and Turner begins, we immediately see that both men are pointing guns at each other.
The most interesting moments in "Lakeview Terrace" occur within the first ten minutes, when Turner and his children meet at the breakfast table. His young son, Marcus (Jaishon Fisher), comes downstairs wearing a Lakers jersey. Turner wants him to take it off because it displays the number twenty-four, which is Kobe Bryant's number. He's made it abundantly clear that from now on, they're giving all their support to Shaq. Why? Is it because of Bryant's highly publicized extramarital affair? Immediately afterwards, he scolds his fifteen-year-old daughter, Celia (Regine Nehy), for not using correct English. Is he encouraging his children to be the best they can be, or is he controlling them because improper speech reminds him of someone he hates?
While these questions are never answered, they still add a tremendous amount of depth to the story, solidifying Turner as a man holding a grudge against the world. I have no doubt that some audiences will see things from his point of view; when life hurts you a few too many times, hatred is completely understandable. On the same token, I'm sure that many will have no sympathy for him at all. Some will see him as a heartless monster preying on an innocent couple. Both arguments are valid. You should take them into consideration when watching "Lakeview Terrace," a taut, suspenseful human drama that will make you uncomfortable no matter what side you take. My hope is that it will start a line of communication. If it doesn't lead to peace, then maybe it will lead to an understanding. Of all the things noticeably absent from "Lakeview Terrace," a line of communication is the most important....more info
- this was a great movie
received this movie in a timely fashion and in excellent condition, i am glad that i ordered it because it was a great movie...more info
- Review on Lakeview Terrace
I found Lakeview Terrace a very good DVD. I had heard it was really a great film and found it to be true....more info
- Some of my best friends are like you people
Samuel L. Jackson as tyrannical neighbor and cop Abel Turner, embodies the manifestation of what most of present day society likes to believe is an anachronism, a relic of a past generation wholly incapable of adaptation and acceptance of belief systems that contradict his experiences. From the moment Abel espies his new next door neighbors, Chris and Linda Mattson (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) a young interracial couple only interested in establishing a solid foundation to their recent marriage, it is evident the best that can be hoped for is strained association. Abel holds court with an iron fist completely devoid of the silk glove in all of his interactions and relationships; with his two children, with his fellow cops and most especially, as the self-ordained caretaker of the cul-de-sac.
For the three quarters of the film, Jackson's character grows increasingly dislikeable and threatening while the Mattsons' also face some customary encumbrances that may confront any newlywed couple but compounded by the additional factors of ethnic distinctions and the intrusive neighbor. Ron Glass, in a supporting role as Linda Matteson's father, adds context where one can see that Turner's beliefs are not necessarily foreign to his generational peers. Yet, as the film progresses it unfortunately follows a path that leads to only one possible outcome, one that belies what the viewer has come to understand about Turner and his motivations.
As usual Kerry Washington is absolutely alluring but the script does not offer much to work with as far as acting range and expressiveness are concerned. This a film that is not completely insulting but in the end it is little more than a moderately violent variation of a far too predictable theme. ...more info
- Good Twist
We always see the white racist never the black racist. Finally the other side of the coin. ...more info
- Interesting, but not one to own.
My wife and I saw this movie the other day and to be honest ever since I saw "Snakes on a plane" everytime I see a Samuel Jackson movie I can't help but think of how terrible that movie was. So I admit that I am a bit biased now when I see his movies.
But to be fair, the movie was good. It's the typical drama where you have a psycho neighbor. It wasn't what I thought the previews reflected, that being more horror/killer type. The movie was instead somewhat psychological with some terrible action. Throughout the movie we were both engaged and the movie wasn't half bad. Would I recommend watching this? Sure, it's entertaining and a decent movie when there is nothing else to watch. Would I buy it? Probably not as it's definitely not a "keeper" in my eyes....more info
- if only they could've come up with a more CREATIVE ending
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.
Unfortunately we usually get number one, since they wanna give the satisfying, safe, effective, tried and true, Hollywood ending. Most people are content with those types of cop out endings. I'm not. ...more info