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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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19 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Harcelés  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£224,493 (UK) (5 December 2008)

Gross:

£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 »

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When Chris introduces himself, he says he came out to Berkeley from Chicago to accept a lacrosse scholarship. UC Berkeley has only a club lacrosse team for men, and does not offer scholarships. See more »

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Abel Turner: It's alright, I'm an officer.
Officer #1: [holding a gun on him] I don't care if you the Pope, asshole, get your hands up!
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Written by Salaam Remi (as Salaam Remi Gibbs), Nas (as Nasir Jones), Jerry Lorden (as Jeremiah P. Lordan)
Performed by Nas
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Contians a sample of "Apache"
Performed by The Incredible Bongo Band
Sample courtesy of Mr. Bongo Records and Michael Viner
By Arrangement with Big Sounds International, Inc.
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if only they could've come up with a more CREATIVE ending
15 December 2008 | by (Outer Heaven) – See all my reviews

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.


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