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Lakeview Terrace (2008)

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Based on a true story, a troubled and racist African-American L.A.P.D. Officer will stop at nothing to force out a friendly interracial couple who just moved in next door to him.

Director:

Neil LaBute

Writers:

David Loughery (screenplay), Howard Korder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Abel Turner
Patrick Wilson ... Chris Mattson
Kerry Washington ... Lisa Mattson
Ron Glass ... Harold Perreau
Justin Chambers ... Donnie Eaton
Jay Hernandez ... Javier Villareal
Regine Nehy ... Celia Turner
Jaishon Fisher ... Marcus Turner
Robert Pine ... Captain Wentworth
Keith Loneker ... Clarence Darlington
Caleeb Pinkett ... Damon Richards
Robert Dahey ... Jung Lee Pak
Ho-Jung ... Sang Hee Pak
Dallas Raines Dallas Raines ... TV Weatherman
Michael Tighe ... Manager (as Michael Sean Tighe)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What could be safer than living next to a cop?

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lakeview Terrace See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,004,672, 21 September 2008

Gross USA:

$39,263,506

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,655,002
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A Google Earth Street View camera car photographed the cul-de-sac during production. Users could view North Deer Creek Drive in Walnut, California, using Street View, to see film crew and set hardware in place. The street view image has now been updated to a newer version at a later date. See more »

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At the end of the movie, Lisa has an injury on her forehead. The size changes throughout the next few scenes. See more »

Quotes

Abel Turner: [sitting in his Captain's office] What's going on, Captain?
Lt. Morgada: Damon Richards. You know him?
Abel Turner: And you are?
Captain Wentworth: Uh, this is, uh... Bronson and Morgada. They're, uh...
Abel Turner: Internal Affairs.
Captain Wentworth: Yeah. It's just a procedural thing, Abel.
Lt. Morgada: So, what about Richards?
Abel Turner: We arrested him last week. He took two shots at me and my partner.
Captain Wentworth: He's bringing a suit against the department.
Lt. Morgada: Brutality charges, violation of civil rights, as well as a personnel complaint against you.
[...]
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Connections

References Watermelon Man (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Made You Look
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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Probably the first movie about racism that doesn't just spout tired clichés.
2 October 2008 | by Jacques98See all my reviews

We've all heard the "racism is evil!" thing preached, preached again, and then preached again. We get it: racism is bad. I'm not racist. I don't know anyone who is racist. Why does every single movie have to remind us of something we teach our children before they're old enough to talk? After I watched Hairspray and Be Kind Rewind in the past year alone, I officially had enough. And not only me. At the time, my best friend, who was born and raised in Africa then moved to the US, said the same thing: why can't movies just stop beating a pointless, dead, blood horse? If someone is racist, I doubt a movie is going to change their mind. Then, out of nowhere, Lakeview Terrace comes along and defies every cliché you thought you knew about racism movies. And that is really all I have to say about the topic: thank God that someone, anyone, in Hollywood gets that we're sick of being force-fed clichés. Why is Lakeview Terrace cliché-defying? It focuses on the gray aria of racism, not black-and-white. It focuses on racism held by blacks, not by whites. It veers so far from the "racism is evil!" standpoint, and makes you make up your own mind about the over-the-top plot and who was right, who was wrong. It's been so long since Hollywood actually let the audience make up their own mind, this is like a breath of fresh air.

Lakeview Terrace is labeled as a thriller, which is half true. The first half builds up the social boundaries of real life, testing them, and then building them up stronger. It doesn't jump straight to action, but soaks you in reality before plunging into the over-the-top ending. When the action starts, near the ending, it is really worth the weight because it has you in a state of social tension. Anyone who says this isn't realistic doesn't understand realistic human behavior. Even in the most outrageous parts of the film, there was not a single thing done by anyone that was hard for me to believe could happen in real life. Maybe that's because I have a lot of cops in my family, or maybe it's because I'm just more tuned into reality than the optimistic-happy-"Humans are perfect!" people that are reviewing this film and calling it unrealistic.

The directing, writing, and technical details are all fine. They're not artistic or "find cinema", but they're done in a way that makes the film work. The acting from Samuel L. Jackson is flawless. The casting from certain other characters is a little off, but it works out in the end.

Overall, I liked Lakeview Terrace a lot. I'm the kind of person who loves thrillers, but as I said, this really isn't a thriller as much as a drama with a thriller-like ending and some thriller-like scenes scattered throughout. It's a nice break from the unintelligent mess that has become an anti-racism subgenre, and a nice break from the intense hardcore horror and action movies I enjoy watching. With that said, it didn't bore me, which really surprised me. Lakeview Terrace isn't perfect, it's not a work of art, but it's intelligent. I found it very much worth watching.

6/10


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