Lakeview Terrace (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  19 September 2008 (USA)
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A LAPD officer will stop at nothing to force out the interracial couple who just moved in next door.



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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

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What could be safer than living next to a cop?


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

19 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harcelés  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,004,672 (USA) (19 September 2008)


£428,299 (UK) (12 December 2008)

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At one point Abel jokingly asks Chris if he's a superhero. Patrick Wilson will go on and play one in Watchmen (2009). See more »


The wildfires come closer to the neighborhood, with no ash. The air close to a fire could be very toxic, and should be extremely ashen, especially towards the end of the film. See more »


[last lines]
Chris Mattson: I love you.
Lisa Mattson: I know... I love you too.
Chris Mattson: The rest isn't important.
Lisa Mattson: [whispering] Shhhhh...
Chris Mattson: We're going to have a family.
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Superior, old fashioned thriller with a few neat touches of it's own
16 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Chris (Patrick Wilson) and Lisa (Kerry Washington) are a young, mixed race couple who have brought their first house in a nice little suburb in Los Angeles. However, one of their neighbours is strict single father and veteran police officer Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson) who is one of a few who takes oddly to their inter-racial coupling and who is also carrying his own demons. As he becomes increasingly aggressive and anti-social towards them, it plunges them all into a deadly game which could destroy all their lives.

This suburban thriller by Neil LaBute appeared out of nowhere towards the end of last year with little in the way of publicity. But it's made an impression on a lot of other critics and I was pleasantly surprised too. It's an old fashioned sort of thriller, in the vein of films like Pacific Heights with Michael Keaton or Single White Female, that of the warped stranger who starts to interfere psychotically with the lead characters. Blissfully free of any modern fast cuts or flashy editing, it takes you back to a time when thrillers had a dash of inspiration and flair.

As the man carrying the film, Samuel L. Jackson turns in an excellent performance as the protagonist of the tale, constantly giving his victims flourishes of false hope then unnervingly reverting back to his unpleasantness and conceitedness. This may not make it the most pleasant of films to watch, but the film never lets up on the suspense and keeps you hooked till the end, eager for a revelation of what motivates Jackson's hatred and how it will impact on his victims and what it will drive them to do. ****

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