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Lakeview Terrace [Blu-ray] [2008] [US Import]

Samuel L. Jackson , Patrick Wilson , Neil LaBute    Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington, Ron Glass, Justin Chambers
  • Directors: Neil LaBute
  • Writers: David Loughery, Howard Korder
  • Producers: David Loughery, James Lassiter, Jeffrey Graup, Joe Pichirallo, John Cameron
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JV5AYK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,315 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A quick perusal of any of LAKEVIEW TERRACE's promotional materials--its nervy trailer, its foreboding (and painterly) dawn-hued poster featuring Samuel L. Jackson looking less-than-neighborly in his squad car--not only reveals it as a thriller, but offers up aesthetic evocations of several popular home-invasion suspensers made in the early 1990s. Like UNLAWFUL ENTRY and PACIFIC HEIGHTS, LAKEVIEW TERRACE takes place in upper-middle-class Californian suburbia. The film's ubiquitous purple sky and poolside lighting create an air of domestic bourgeois comfort just waiting to be upended by deadly, social unease. In this mode, the surprises start coming when the film opens with intimate household scenes not of the film's purported heroes, an interracial couple who's about to move next-door, but of its not-entirely-apparent villain--a curiously middle-aged beat cop (Jackson) who raises a few eyebrows when he close-mindedly bullies his children, but seems sad and sympathetic.

The cop, a black man named Abel Turner, blankly observes from his home when the first new neighbour he sees is an African-American wife (Kerry Washington)--and then reacts with quiet shock and disgust when he realizes that the white mover is actually her husband, Chris (Patrick Wilson). The invasion in this home-invasion thriller is, ironically, the one perceived by its psychologically damaged bad guy. Abel, offended and ostensibly law-immune, immediately begins jabbing Chris with a toxic, racial passive-aggression that quickly becomes impossible to ignore. LAKEVIEW TERRACE adheres to a satisfying thriller construct. It's also a little interested in exploiting the archetypes of squirm-inducing domestic threat--all the nasty scenarios viewers know could happen from seeing those earlier movies--to consider several facets of American racism: its inevitability in familial and casual issues and its existence in liberal white guilt as much as its poisonous mixture with mental illness.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lets face it, when it comes to plum roles, Samuel L Jackson has not exactly had the pick of them as of late. I mean apart from his turn in Black Snake Moan, he has been pretty much playing caricatures of himself in movies such as the terrible Snakes on a Plane, and even worse, the Spirit. So it comes as a welcome change for him to land a role that he can really get his teeth into.
And get his teeth into the role of Abel Turner he does. Turner is an LAPD officer, a single father raising two kids after the death of his wife, who seems a rather uptight and extremely strict disciplinarian. When an apparently successful young mixed race couple Chris (Patrick Wilson) and Lisa (Kerry Washington) move in next door, Turner is offended. This apparently average man has some less than average views, and begins a quiet and very subtle intimidation campaign against them. Thinking himself immune to the law (in one great scene where both we and Chris and Lisa know who broke into their garage and damaged their car, the laughing villain sits on a police car and jokes with his cop buddies) Abel begins jabbing at Chris with his slightly passive but soon very aggressive racial views, something that soon becomes impossible for the couple to ignore.
You are probably thinking you have seen this kind of thing before, what with such home invasion thrillers as Unlawful Entry and Pacific Heights, but what lifts this movie above its more obvious relatives is both Jackson's performance and the subtle way the film subverts your expectations. Jackson gives Abel Turner a believability and a depth of character that makes him into something more than a mere hate filled racist.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a different take on racism 11 Nov 2009
By Joseph
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Samuel Jackson is Abel, a black -tough as nails- cop, who is trying to cope with the recent death of his wife and raising his two children alone. A young mixed couple (black wife) moves nex door and tension starts to mount between neighbours. The reason behind the tension is the intolerance that Abel feels for what he deeply perceives as a "wrong" relationship between the married couple who has come to live next to him. What I find striking, and very well portrayed, is the contrast between the serious efforts made by the couple to befriend Abel, and the reaction to those efforts, which go in the opposite direction. Abel exudes "wrongness", paranoia, intolerance; he truly is alone, as his own kids detest him - still one cannot fail to feel for the loneliness of the character and the pain that can be seen seething through him. All the actions and reactions between the characters escalate towards an unforseeable finale, on the backdrop of a great bush fire that manaces to burn the entire neighbourhood. Very good performances from the actors involved, constant tension and deep characterization make this movie a pleasure to watch; it will leave you with a lot to think- or to discuss about- after watching it. The blue ray edition is good, with very crisp video quality and sound. I strongly recommend this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
It contains quite a punch does Lakeview Terrace, propelled by Samuel L. Jackson in a meaty lead role as a racist black cop with white issues, it is for the most part a riveting thriller.

Jackson is Abel Turner, a single parent police officer raising two kids, he's stressed out, easily annoyed and his method of parenting and policing is leading him down the road to hell. So when inter-racial couple Chris (Patrick Wilson) and Lisa Mattson (Kerry Washington) move in next door, Abel tips over the edge and becomes the bad cop neighbour from hell.

Director Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men) and his lead actors ensure the story doesn't become insulting to racial matters, both of relationships and of colour hatred, but after a great first two thirds of build up it, it then lacks the courage of its convictions, where taking the easy way out leaves a frustrating taste in the mouth.

It's still a viable and very watchable thriller, it just isn't bold enough come the finale. 6/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A mix between "Unlawful Entry" and "Changing Lane's", director Neil Labute's thriller "Lakeview Terrace" is an attempt to take the racial tensions still prevalent in the U.S. And turn them on their head with the antagonist in this case not the white individual but an African-American, a not so often used conceit which makes for an interesting hook but does nothing to elevate this above mediocrity.

Interracial couple Chris and Lisa Mattson (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) are new home-owners who move next door to Abel Turner, an African-American police officer with the LAPD and father of two who has a short temper. Disapproving of their mixed race relationship, Turner proceeds to make the young couples life a living hell and stops at nothing to try and get them to move away from the neighbourhood.

All simple and without the movie's "novelty" of being "a reverse racism" the film really does little to break new ground in the race or the antagonistic nightmare neighbour from hell hell sub-genre.
It's safe to say that with a contentious subject the film has It's likely to provoke mixed respones from the postive to the negative but with the melting pot of racism you can't always expect diplomacy or understanding in the minds of others. This is something that of-course comes to the fore on a occasion although not to any great degree with Chris and father in law Harold played by
veteran actor Ron Glass. Little titbits at the double standards and racism held some blacks are
thrown in, presumably to further point out that disharmony between the races Isn't always just a one way street and in the sense the film can be commended but in the end all it is is simple window dressing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not one of Samuel jacksons best films,but not bad
Published 6 days ago by truckman020
4.0 out of 5 stars A good watch
A good watch overall, It took me a while to start to get into this film but once I had I enjoyed watching it. I would recommend this film.
Published 9 days ago by Jason Mantell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quick delivery item as stated
Published 9 days ago by Steven parry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very fast dispatch and excellent quality
Published 24 days ago by verity wheeldon
4.0 out of 5 stars The neighbor from hell
Samuel Jackson really manages to create a scary man here.
Buying a new house without knowing the personalities that suddenly surround you, could certainly be a big mistake.
Published 2 months ago by Norwegian
4.0 out of 5 stars a good film
really I good film enjoyed it
but might not be for everyone but if you like samual l Jackson then get it :)
Published 11 months ago by MR M A LUDBROOK
4.0 out of 5 stars Lakeview Terrace DVD
A good film that shows what happens when you let your own prejudices get the better of you. Samuel L. Jackson plays the racist cop and controlling father very well.
Published 15 months ago by Dawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Storyline
I like Samuel L. Jackson and this film did not disappoint. Steering away from the usual white on black racist storyline, it was refreshing to see a black policeman, supposedly law... Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Arrived on time. Great thriller. Watched it on TV and ordered immediately. Samuel Jackson is briliant actor. Highly recommened.Grest stoty line.
Published 18 months ago by Tatiana Rees
4.0 out of 5 stars Neighbour from Hell.
A very good, tense thriller that sucked me in & had me on the edge of my seat waiting to see how it would pan out. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lorna
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