Ever had problems with your neighbours? Chances are that the person living next door to you isn’t a policeman with race issues, who takes an instant dislike to you and your spouse and who goes out of their way to force you out of the neighbourhood using increasingly dangerous methods. If they are, then my commiserations.
Lakeview Terrace takes neighbourhood watch to a whole new level as young couple Chris (Patrick Wilson) and Lisa (Kerry Washington) move into their dream house and next door neighbour Abel Turner (Samuel L Jackson) decides they don’t belong.
Colour is one of the main issues Abel has with the pair, Chris being white and Lisa black. Abel’s view that mixed-race marriages aren’t right is his first excuse to make the pair uncomfortable, and the first hour or so of the film does well to build tension between the three.
While most thrillers take place in locations far removed from viewers’ own life, Lakeview’s setting makes it both more and less realistic than many – it’s hard not to wonder what you might do in a similar situation, while at the same time the decisions taken by Chris raise doubts about whether anyone would do the same.
Jackson glides effortlessly through the film, reading the lines and hitting his marks, though it’s clear there’s nothing too challenging for the man who portrayed violent psychopath so well in Pulp Fiction.
Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington also go through the motions, Washington in particular playing well against Jackson as his temper starts to fray.
Lakeview Terrace is an effective thriller which entertains throughout its run time, though it falls short of becoming a classic due to some confusing events in the closing minutes and a general feeling that there’s something missing somewhere in the middle of the picture – perhaps some more outrageous twists would have made it more memorable.
Blu-ray Special Features
- Commentary with Director Neil LaBute and Kerry Washington
- Deleted Scenes Commentary with Director Neil LaBute and Kerry Washington
- Deleted Scenes with optional commentary
- Welcome to Lakeview Terrace: Behind the Scenes – An Open House
- Welcome to Lakeview Terrace: Behind the Scenes – Meet Your Neigbors
- Welcome to Lakeview Terrace: Behind the Scenes – Home Sweet Home
- Release Date: 30th March 2009
- Format: Retail DVD / Retail Blu-ray / Retail UMDTM Video / Rental DVD
- DVD RRP
- Retail Blu-ray: £24.99
- Certificate: 15
- Running Time: 106 mins