In California, the Caucasian Chris Mattson and his African-American wife Lisa Mattson move to a house in a gated community. The racist and dysfunctional next-door neighbor is the abusive LAPD Officer Abel Turner who feels uncomfortable with the relationship of the newcomers and transforms their lives into Hell on Earth. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Well paced, tense and exciting with a brilliant performance from Samuel L. Jackson
"What could be safer than living next to a cop?"
Samuel L. Jackson ("Snakes on a Plane", "Pulp Fiction") stars in "Lakeview Terrace" in a role we wouldn't be quite used to seeing him in. He plays a racists and mentally and emotionally unstable police officer - Abel Turner - who will stop at nothing to drive his new neighbours away because they are an interracial couple. Turner has two teenage children who he forbids from going over and meeting the couple after an incident in the neighbours pool, and he even goes as far as to shine his security lights straight into their bedroom window, cut their air-conditioning and eventually sets about turning the couple against each other. Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington play the Mattson's, who find themselves in the very tough and frightening situation bearing the question: who do you call when the cop next door is harassing and tormenting you?
"Lakeview Terrace" is by no means a brilliant movie and isn't something we haven't seen before. But it is very enjoyable and exciting, and it pits an intense and nerve-wrecking atmosphere throughout as we realise that Lisa and Chris are pretty much helpless against this man because not only have they not got any solid evidence against him, but the bottom line is that it's always going to be a police officer's word against their own. Lisa Washington and Patrick Wilson provide good performances as the couple, which comes across as a very realistic relationship. Samuel L. Jackson as always is brilliant, and the film moves along at a constant and decent flow and never lets up the tension until the end, which is a brilliant ending in my opinion despite what some people may say. The film just goes to remind us that just because they are in uniform doesn't mean that they can't be psychotic or dangerous...
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