Eden Lake 2008

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In this thought-provoking survival movie Jenny and John go for a romantic weekend to an idyllic lake. Their peace and quiet is shattered by a gang of kids who provoke them and vandalise their car.

Starring:
Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly
Runtime:
1 hour 27 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Eden Lake

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director James Watkins
Starring Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly
Supporting actors Thomas Turgoose, Bronson Webb, Jack O'Connell, Shaun Dooley, Eliza Elkington, Finn Atkins, James Gandhi, Thomas Gill
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By shelle-ead on 24 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
I found this film very hard to watch at times and even became upset when it had ended. I was surprised at my reaction because Im a massive horror fan and have a massive collection, sexual violence, blood and gore you name it Ive seen it so Im no wimp. I would recommend it because films that stick with you do so for a reason. If you are looking for a film that highlights extreme gang culture, torture and cruelty then this is for you. Hard to watch at times but worth it.
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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
'Eden Lake' is about a young couple who decide to escape London for the weekend and have a romantic weekend at a remote lake. What they weren't expected was to be terrorised by a gang of young thugs which starts with a disagreement about how loud the music is and leads to much, much worse.

I love a good British horror but I was expecting nothing like this - 'Eden Lake' is very close to real life and is actually really terrifying to watch as it made me think that this could happen to absolutely anyone at anytime, anywhere. Yeah, it does go a little over the top near the middle of the film but is still stays very close to some of the problems that Britain has been dealing with in recent years such as knife crime, happy slapping (filming attacks on camera phones), parents not taking any responsibility for their children's actions and "hoodies" terrorising innocent people.

If you like horror films I definitely recommend watching this but don't expect a very pleasant viewing as for the most part this film is very disturbing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve G on 1 July 2011
Format: DVD
There has never been any doubt in my mind that the creepiest and most affecting films that have ever been made have been about a human enemy. Not ghouls, ghosts, zombies or monsters - but just really horrible people.

When the enemy is as hateful and vile as is portrayed by Jack O'Connell, you will always have a film that has an advantage over the rest. No special effect can put in a performance as disturbingly unhinged as O'Connell does here, manipulating other young charges into tormenting Michael Fassbender and Kelly Reilly (both completely excellent, too) after a lakeside argument escalates into something nightmarish.

Eden Lake is not without its faults - once or twice the participants do something REALLY stupid and inexplicable but, under those circumstances, wouldn't you? Plus, the ending, which in itself is utterly horrible but inspired, does come about as the result of a massive coincidence.

Funnily enough, I probably wouldn't watch it again, because it is so depressing and nasty and it does linger in the mind. But that is what a really good thriller or horror film SHOULD do, not all great films should necessarily reward repeated viewings - and Eden Lake really is a very good film indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Burns VINE VOICE on 29 April 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Quite a tricky one to review, really. The plot and content are really quite irredeemably nasty stuff, and having seen it, I'm not in a rush to watch it again.

With that said, the fact that it provoked such a reaction in me is something of a testament. Aside from one or two downright moronic decisions by Fassbender's character ("Hey ! A gang of kids with a rottweiler ! I'll repeatedly ask them politely to leave us alone."), there's really nothing drastically wrong with the film from any angle - no plot holes or bad acting - but it just isn't a nice film you'll get the warm fuzzies from in any way whatsoever.

As a relatively low-budget effort, however, the blue-ray format does relatively little to add value to this, since there isn't much in the way of sweeping panoramas or special effects the HD format can enhance.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lark TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
I watched an ex-rental version of this film and was surprised by the extent to which even the rental had so many extras including interviews with all the lead actors, two seperate interviews with the director, trailors, TV spots and cuts of the film in production. A great deal of these revolved around the media impact of the feature, the director being asked about why he made this film and what was his inspiration.

The director stated that he had hoped to create a "paranoid fantasy" and recounted a confrontation he almost had with some teenagers while expecting a house, there was a lot about whether or not hurt pride is sufficient to risk escalation by challenging behaviour that's just wrong and this has very clearly been integrated into the film. While the director acknowledged that it could give some cause for reflection he also said that he wasnt a politician or sociologist, it was close to social realism but that wasnt his intent.

What I will say is that some of the acting is very good, I'm not surprised to hear that some of the younger actors found performing some of the scenes upsetting, and the film is a survival horror feature. It did remind me of films such as Straw Dogs [1971] [DVD], Wilderness [DVD] (although it is much better than the later and not as good as the former) and even Lord Of The Flies [1963] and [DVD] The Wicker Man [DVD] [1973].
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