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3.0 out of 5 stars Cue nervous laughter..., 4 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Eden Lake [DVD] (DVD)
One thing Eden Lake does achieve is heart-felt opinion, as evidenced here at Amazon.co.uk, where views are polarised from 5-star to 1-star by way of little in between. Why do feelings run so high about this film? It's fear of course: fear that this slight tale is a metaphor for our times, that every last kid on the street is carrying a blade, that the bad guys get the best lines. The 'see-its' advocate you watch it because it's well-made and -acted and scary (true) while the 'don'tsee-its' warn off its lack of plot credibility and extreme violence (also true). One or two touch on how Eden Lake is ultimately nihilistic and unlikeable. Probably too much in these troubled times to shrug off lightly. It's a flawed entertainment that will trouble the sensitive soul. I was unpopularly laughing at one or two points at the absurdity of the script. Or was it nerves?
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2010 03:15:00 BDT
GM Jones says:
So what do you think? Is it worth watching?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2010 23:59:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Oct 2010 00:27:32 BDT
Definately not. This panders to absolutely every horror film cliche imaginable. The complete lack of an original idea is depressing, all the positive reactions to it, disheartening. Stealing everything from other - better - films is lazy and unimaginative. It even steals its ending from 'last house on the left' and seems to assume that no-one will notice, and will someone please tell me if Michael Fassbender is angling for a second career as a Calvin Klein underwear model? Tedious.

Posted on 15 Nov 2010 00:01:41 GMT
JONESY says:
Absolutely yes. Riveting and graphicly violent, i think its a parable for our times. Its also very suspenseful .....real edge of the seat stuff. And a downbeat ending which i love.

Posted on 16 Sep 2012 16:27:16 BDT
Rob, you've echoed my sentiments pretty much exactly, saving me from writing a review when I couldn't decide on 4 stars for the fact that it is well made and chilling, or one star for being tabloid fear-stirring.

Worth seeing for intelligent people to make their own minds up.
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