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
"Lakeview Terrace" is the name of the area where Rodney King was beaten by Los Angeles police officers in 1991. The movie references his name, and the famous line, "Can't we all just get along?" See more »
When Abel starts cutting down his neighbor's new trees along the fence, he's on the right side of the fence, Chis and Lisa on the other side. But this is reversed from how the houses are oriented. See more »
(Synopsis) Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson) is a LAPD officer and strict single father of a 15 year old daughter and 10 year old son. He is also the self appointed neighborhood watch patrol in Lakeview Terrace. A young interracial couple, Chris (Patrick Wilson) and Lisa Mattson (Kerry Washington), move into their first home next door to Abel. Abel is raising his children by very strict standards, and he disapproves of any bad behavior in the neighborhood. Abel believes that Chris and Lisa are bad influences on his children, and he decides to harass them until they move. Abel has a security flood light that is focused into Chris and Lisa's bedroom. Chris has asked Abel to move it, but he won't. Then someone deliberately damages the air conditioning unit and slashes four of Chris' tires. Chris tries to make a truce with Abel, but Abel is determined to get rid of them. After Abel crosses the line, Chris and Lisa begin to fight back and the situation escalates.
(My Comment) The story explores the theme of racial prejudice from the black prospective. Samuel L. Jackson did a fine job of playing his role as a man of principle who loves and protects his children, but also as a disturbed cop with an obsession of getting rid of the interracial couple next door. I know if I had him as a neighbor that he would make me move. Abel is not your typical neighbor where Chris only got off on the wrong foot with him. I know neighbors can do some things that may upset you such as Chris throwing cigarette butts into Abel's yard or the flood lights shinning into Chris' bedroom, but they should have worked things out and not escalate to what happens in the end. Overall the movie was entertaining with some thrilling moments. Just a warning to anyone buying a new house, make sure your new neighbor is not a cop. (Sony Pictures, Run Time 1:46, Rated PG-13) (6/10)
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