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3.0 out of 5 stars I Spit On Your Grave?? Straw Dogs?? Eden Lake??, 23 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Eden Lake [DVD] (DVD)
I find it hard to rate this movie. Sure, it's brutal, reasonably fast paced, shocking and flies quickly by, but it also has downsides...

Plot holes and suspended disbelief galore - WHY do the couple want to spend the weekend by a grotty old lake? Why are they sunbathing on what looks like a black-tar beach by the grotty old lake? When the kids start on them, why don't they just move? Why do the couple tell the kids to turn the music down-the couple are fairly young themselves so why does it bother them so much? Within 2 days, the couple "by chance" meet the kid's mother and father separately, then turn up at the kids house TWICE, the second time after the young woman KNOWS it's the house where the parents (or at least friends of the parents) of at least one of the kids who she has just bumped off lives? The house isn't in the middle of nowhere-it's in a town. Why pick that one?!? WHY WHY WHY!

Overall, if you can forget all the flaws, then it's a popcorn, watch once kind of film. It is pretty nasty-I would say some of it is nasty for the sake of it. The gore is bloody, full on and has a "cruel" nature. I think it's that slow, torturous depiction of horror that some people seem to crave now. I think if it was taken down one notch, it would have perhaps been more realistic.

It's certainly nothing new. It's similar in style to I Spit On Your Grave and Straw Dogs - basically, innocent people are done wrong, so they exact revenge. You do end up rooting for the underdog, but this raises the question that is it right to do so? After all, killing someone is killing someone at the end of the day. Probably reading too much of a moral message into it, I don't know?

For me the ending was excellent, and even after two days, has stayed with me. It is truly shocking, but not perhaps in the way you would expect. There is another message in this ending, if you want a message from a film. If not, then I really wouldn't watch it if you are easily disturbed. I'm not, but I can't really get it out of my mind...

All in all, watch it, enjoy it for what it is, and forget it. It's extreme for extreme's sake, and as they say on Crimewatch "The crimes shown tonight are very rare. So please, don't have nightmares...."
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Initial post: 29 Mar 2009 12:07:14 BDT
S. Clarke says:
You have just spoiled the ending!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2009 22:16:50 BDT
He Hasnt Spoliled the ending at all!!

Great review, totally agree that the film stays in your mind after watching - Very thought provoaking.

Posted on 20 Jan 2010 19:04:01 GMT
Actually you've got this wrong-this does not make you think about killing someone as wrong-no one could find the little runts treating people like crap appealing. The ending is NOT powerful-nasty, precitable, feel-bad adult bullying-is this really how townspeople treat out-of-towners and do all parents really not care how bad their scummy kids are-clealry not, as they're rather scummy themselves. No one can like peole like this-these are people we go out of our way to avoid on scummy estates and in the street cos we just KNOW they're out for trouble. What happened to the day when people would think 'well my kids were looking for trouble-I'm not surprised the ended up like this, their fault and maybe mine!'?

Posted on 5 Jul 2010 09:52:57 BDT
Mark Bonatti says:
Not that I thought this film was a masterpiece or anything but I can answer some of your plot holes.

1) They go on Holiday there because the boyfriend had been once before years ago, it apparantly was quite different then (he mentions this)
2) It's a tiny village, I believe almost the entire population were the teens and their families. The boyfriend goes to the house the first time to complain to the parents before realising it's probably not a good idea.
3) The girlfriend goes back to the house because it's the first sign of civilisation she sees after running for two days! Wouldn't you?
4) They ask the music to be turned down because it'sa direct invasion of their space, you must get pissed off when some wanker's got some crap blaring out his phone, no? Also the music was baws.

I do agree that I would have left the town much, much sooner though. Worst holiday choice ever! It certainly sticks in your head though.
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