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Eden Lake (2008)

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Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

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James Watkins

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James Watkins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Reilly ... Jenny
Michael Fassbender ... Steve
Tara Ellis Tara Ellis ... Abi
Jack O'Connell ... Brett
Finn Atkins Finn Atkins ... Paige
Jumayn Hunter ... Mark
Thomas Turgoose ... Cooper
James Burrows James Burrows ... Harry
Tom Gill ... Ricky (as Thomas Gill)
Lorraine Bruce ... Tanya
Shaun Dooley ... Jon
James Gandhi James Gandhi ... Adam
Bronson Webb ... Reece
Lorraine Stanley ... Nat
Rachel Gleaves Rachel Gleaves ... Mel
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Storyline

Nursery teacher Jenny and her boyfriend Steve, escape for a romantic weekend away. Steve, planning to propose, has found an idyllic setting: a remote lake enclosed by woodlands and seemingly deserted. The couple's peace is shattered when a gang of obnoxious kids encircles their campsite. Reveling in provoking the adults, the gang steals the couple's belongings and vandalizes their car leaving them completely stranded. When Steve confronts them, tempers flare and he suffers a shocking and violent attack. Fleeing for help, Jenny is subject to a brutal and relentless game of cat-and-mouse as she desperately tries to evade her young pursuers and find her way out of the woods. Written by Pathe International

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They wanted to get away from it all. Instead, they found... See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Terrors See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£192,027 (United Kingdom), 14 September 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,824, 2 November 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,824, 2 November 2008
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Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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[Link=nm0233215], who played Jon in this movie, has some experience with disruptive teens. He starred as Greg in the BBC drama Misfits: Episode #3.8 (2011) See more »

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After Steve crashes his car into the tree, resulting in him being pinned between his seat and the tree branch coming through his side window, he could have reclined his seat and exited the vehicle through the rear passenger side door. See more »

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Mother: Not my kids...
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Frustratingly cruel, not easy to watch.
2 April 2013 | by nitzanhavocSee all my reviews

It's been a long time since I've seen this film, during the time when I still didn't bother to rate and review every Horror film I watch. Lately I've been re-watching some of those I liked especially, but as for Eden Like - I'll pass. Not because it isn't good, but because nobody in their right mind would define it as "fun to watch", that much I do remember.

However, what I remember most vividly is my utter sense of frustration, disgust and despair with humanity. Throughout the film I've kept feeling the urge to be there, so I could knock some hard painful sense into those no good hoodlums, and their sad excuse for parents! Very much like this decade's streak of "torture porn", Eden Lake plays on these emotions in the audience. Pity for the victim, rage against the assailants, and despair/helplessness.

Acting and cinematography are good enough, nothing special worth mentioning as far as I can remember (bear in mind it's been a while), but the story and some of the scenes are what sticks with you afterwords. Personally, I can't call the sensations I get out of watching these kinds of films "fun", but they are definitely, in a way, rewarding. Eden Lake isn't easy to watch, and seeing as how this is obviously its goal - it's a success. My relatively low rate is only on account of my personal experience with it.


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