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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?

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£428,299 (UK) (12 December 2008)
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Trivia

The plot for this movie is loosely based on real life events that happened in Altadena, California involving an interracial couple and an African-American Los Angeles Police Officer. See more »

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In the film, LAPD uniform shirts have plastic buttons on the pockets and epaulets. In real life, LAPD uniform shirts have metal buttons. See more »

Quotes

Abel Turner: Listen to your wife, asshole!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: James Franco/Kings of Leon (2008) See more »

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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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