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This review is from: Eden Lake [DVD] (DVD)
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
Watching movies like this make me despair for the future of British movies. The last few I have watched, including 'Harry Brown', and 'Kill List', haver been extremely violent and not very good. 'Eden Lake' has to be one of the most atrocious movies I have seen for ages. Nasty, horrificly violent, revolting, foul mouthed and overacted. The plot concerns a young couple terrorised by a bunch of yobs but this has no tension at all, just one vile scene after another.
The director of this trash must have some serious side issues. Scenes include taking it in turns to stab and slice up a tied up victim, burning a young Asian boy to death, a thug beating his 'friend' to a pulp while stamping continually on his head, a lady fleeing her pursuers only to spike herself in the foot and an attempt to burn this said lady to death while tied up to her dead boyfriend. Add to the fact that she escapes only to crash a car into the family home of the main attacker, well, this movie just gets worse. The family take her to the toilet to help her recover where a couple are having sex! I kid you not, this pathetic scene is just awful and cringeworthy. What the hell the lovely Kelly Reilly was doing in this rubbish is beyond me. There are problems with this country, there are with any country, but this movie shows ALL working class people to be absolute scum. It is ridiculously stereo typical, the working class are beyond any hope, blimey, this is a bad film.
When you consider that British filmakers such as David Lean and Alfred Hitchcock are responsible for some of the most memorable movies ever made, the fact that 'Eden Lake' is what British movie making has now come to makes you cringe. This movie is complete and utter garbage that leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
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Initial post: 22 Aug 2014 00:00:04 BDT
While I agree in part with some of your comments, I could not disagree more on the issue of portraying "ALL working class people as scum." In the entire film we encounter only a few 'working class' locals who reside in the village near the proposed Eden Lake development. How you manage to make the quantum leap from this small group of ill-educated, parochial, barbaric individuals to a scathing indictment of the entire working class population is truly stunning. As much as this film has anguish by the bucketload, that one casual remark leaves me despairing for a completely different reason.
This film is a tough viewing experience with not even a shred of redemption by the time the final credits roll. I much prefer psychological horror to the visceral kind, but this film definitely made an impact. And yet I still cannot decide if it was really worth watching.
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