Chris (Wilson) and Lisa (Washington) move into a pristine, suburban Los
Angeles neighbourhood to start their new jobs and new lives, the newly married
couple think they about to start their idyllic lives together. When they
meet their new neighbour, LAPD officer Abel Turner (Jackson) this all changes
however. While the rest of the neighbour feel save with a cop watching over
them, Abel takes offence at Lisa and Chris's interracial marriage and thinks
that they are not the right type of people to live in his neighbourhood
and he will do anything to force them out.
is meant to be a serine and idyllic place to raise a family and live your
life but Hollywood certainly wouldn't have you thinking that.
L. Jackson is an actor that doesn't like to be pigeon holed in the roles
he takes. From a Jedi Knight to a freeze powered superhero and a gospel
preaching hitman to a life changing basketball coach, Jackson is just at
home playing the hero as he is the villain. For 'Lakeview Terrace' however,
he gets the chance to play an old fashioned LAPD police officer who is stuck
in his ways and his opinions. As Abel Turner, Jackson plays a character
that is, in essence, racist towards an interracial couple who move into
his neighbourhood. While racism isn't a new subject for cinema, showing
that mixed race couple can face persecution from both sides of the racial
divide is. When you add in the fact that Jackson's character is also a LAPD
cop, this gives the couple nowhere to go and no one to report him to.
is the characters that are pivotal to the story and with Samuel L. Jackson
cast as the villain of the piece you need two fine performers to be able
to face up to him. Director Neil LaBute and his casting team have brought
together Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington to play Chris and Lisa and
the two rise to the challenge. Patrick Wilson has always shown great promise
in every role he plays, with standout performances in 'Hard Candy' and 'Little
Children' and as Chris, the man put under extreme pressure from Abel. Kerry
Washington also continues to impress, as she did in 'Ray' and 'The Last
King of Scotland' and as Lisa she shows again that she is an actress that
can command your attention.
director Neil LaBute this is a return to form after the travesty that was
his remake of 'The Wicker Man'. While he might not have quite captured the
same spark as he did in his earlier work 'In the Company of Men', 'Your
Friends & Neighbors' and 'Nurse Betty', this is a step in the right direction,
even though it is a more commercial one. Still, the movie does look at the
problems that interracial couples face still in America and the fact that
everyone needs to change, whatever their race, religion or creed.
a trio of excellent performances, 'Lakeview Terrace' is a movie that is
worth your time. While it may not be as filled with action as it could be
or even as tense but with Samuel L. Jackson as your villain, you know that
you are in for an emotional and sometimes thought provoking journey.
disc presents the movie in High Definition wide screen 2:30 up to 1080p,
with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround sound.
with director Neil LaBute and Kerry Washington
The director and his female star provide a chatty and informative track
for 'Lakeview Terrace'. With insights into the story, casting, development
of the characters and working with Samuel L. Jackson, this is a good track
and one worth listening to.
Scenes (13.49 mins/Standard Definition)
Entitled 'Dad inspects the new home', 'Unpacking', 'Chris wakes up', 'Chris's
presentation/Lisa talks with Donnie', 'Chris shops for curtains', 'Chris
and Lisa's party' and two versions of the Abel and Lisa knife confrontation,
these deleted or alternate scenes are accompanied by commentary by director
to Lakeview Terrace: Behind the Scenes Featurette (19.31 mins/High Definition)
Split into parts entitled 'An Open House', 'Meet your neighbours' and
'Home Sweet Home', director Neil LaBute, writer David Loughery and stars
Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington and Patrick Wilson talk about the
making of 'Lakeview Terrace'.
Previews of 'Quarantine', 'Resident Evil: Degeneration' and 'Terminator
treatment for 'Lakeview Terrace' is one that fans should enjoy. The featurettes
are good, as is the commentary track and the deleted scenes been accompanied
by a commentary track is a welcome addition, meaning this is a good package.
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