Monday, February 2, 2009

Movie Review: Lakeview Terrace

Lakeview Terrace is a movie charged with racial and political themes. The movie stars Samuel L. Jackson (Snakes on a Plane) as Abel is a widower and father of two children, the rebellious Celia (Regine Nehy) and young Javier (Jaishon Fisher). Abel is a police officer and is still mourning the loss of his wife.

New to the neighborhood is Chris (bonus points Hollywood! Patrick Wilson, Little Children) and Lisa (Kerry Washington, Ray); newlyweds. They're an interracial couple who are adjusting to the area and their new life together. They meet Abel who is immediately aggressive to their being together.

Chris tries to warm up to Abel but he already has his mind made up. Tensions rise between the two as well as Lisa. Lisa's father also has mixed feelings about their marriage. These as well as internal pressures lead to cracks in their relationship.

Overall Lakeview was an entertaining movie. Not great but entertaining.

Acting: 7.5/10
Story: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 7/10
Rated: 14-A (ONT) PG-13 (USA)

P.S. I made the connection that the forest fires in the movie are actually a metaphor for the rising tensions between the neighbors

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