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Cherry Tree Lane (2010)

TV-MA | | Horror, Thriller | 29 January 2013 (USA)
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A couple is terrorized by a gang who is hunting their son.
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Cast overview:
Rachael Blake ... Christine
Tom Butcher ... Michael
Jumayn Hunter ... Rian
Ashley Chin ... Asad
Sonny Muslim Sonny Muslim ... Teddy
Jennie Jacques ... Beth
Corinne Douglas Corinne Douglas ... Charman
Kieran Dooner Kieran Dooner ... Oscar
Tom Kane ... Sebastian
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Prosperous professional couple Mike and Christine are settling in for a standard evening of wine, TV and low-level marital hostility when a ring on their doorbell changes everything. Turns out their son Sebastian is in a little trouble with some local boys, who are quite prepared to camp out and wait for him to get home... The resulting culture-clash chamber drama is raw, revealing and nerve-splittingly tense. Written by Edinburgh International Film Festival

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Your worst fears have come home See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Named after the Cherry Tree Lane Street the Banks family live on in Disney film Mary Poppins. See more »

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Rian: Act like I'm gonna beat you and I will.
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Doll Made Of Wood
Written by Dawn May, Luca Harb, Giampaolo Cavallo.
Performed by Dawn May.
Produced by Luca Harb, Giampaolo Cavallo.
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Depressing When A Good Hostage Movie Gets Slammed For Not Being Dynamic Enough.
12 October 2011 | by BrakathorSee all my reviews

It seems that British horror fans and perhaps horror fans in general simply DON'T like realistic horror films, as this director's first feature, which was absolutely ridiculous, received a great rating, whereas this film apparently left a lot of people bored. It's frankly understandable why, since it's basically a film for people who like real life mundanity brought to extreme and desperate situations "pain, horror, and torture mixed with mundane and lengthy dialogue.", and I suppose if you just want to see blood and gore, you don't necessarily care if it's realistic or not. If however you like close knit tension, accept that people say more than 2 sentences in a scene to each other before leaving, and like seeing extreme situations on film, you will like this film.

There is no question that it is nowhere near as ambitious as a similarly themed film such as "Sequestrados" or "Eden Lake", which have multiple locations and much more impressive camera work, but in the end, they fall short in terms of believability, because they make more mistakes, and in it's simplicity with "Cherry Tree Lane", you get a solid plot line that doesn't devolve into idiocy like a lot of horror that bothers me in trying TOO hard to be creative. The only questionable elements of this film you will have to accept are: 1. in this neighbourhood, if a gang of thugs break into your home, your neighbours either don't give a flaming scheisse about all the screams coming from your place, have their TV's too loud, have all gone out for the night, or are too British to show any compassion, and 2. that if you happen to be bound and gagged by thugs, and your son comes to the door with screams going on inside the house, that he will be inquisitive as to what's going on rather than fearful for his life. It's quite comical because I find the one aspect that so many directors have a problem with is picturing how sound travels in the CONCEPTUALIZED location, and rather think only within the bounds of their actual present shooting location.

In the end, I was never bored during this film, and I was relieved that there WEREN'T tonnes of early futile escape attempts crammed in just to please all the morons out there who get bored of people talking, or simply to needlessly increase the running time. We KNOW you won't escape.... It's only been 30:00 minutes. In addition, the ending, at least to me, was completely worth it, mildly shocking, nothing over the top, but enough to really make you think about how something like this, despite all the questioning of the character's actions, really could go down this way in real life; a frightening aspect which many more ambitious films simply cannot get across because they go too far. Overall; good effort, although not as hard hitting as his prior film "London to Brighton". I hope to see more from this director in the future.


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