Friday, September 19, 2008

REVIEW: Lakeview Terrace

The Synopsis

IMDb: A young couple (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) has just moved into their California dream home when they become the target of their next-door neighbor, who disapproves of their interracial relationship. A stern, single father, this tightly wound LAPD officer (Samuel L. Jackson) has appointed himself the watchdog of the neighborhood. His nightly foot patrols and overly watchful eyes bring comfort to some, but he becomes increasingly harassing to the newlyweds. These persistent intrusions into their lives causes the couple to fight back.

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert: 4 Stars
Michael Phillips: 2 Stars
EW: Gregory Kirschling C-
A. O. Scott: NA

Other Sites:

At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: See It Ben Lyons: Rent It
Fandango: 10 Oh No, 9 No, 17 So-So, 24 Go, 15 Must Go
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 31% (Rotten), Top Critics: 38% (Rotten), RT Community: 60% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 42 out of 100, Users: NA out of 10
Yahoo Movies: Critics: NA Users: A-

My Review

Source Material: Original Thriller by David Loughery and Howard Korder

Action: Brilliant: The movie keeps your attention. It not a high energy, lost of explosions type of attention but a “what’s going to happen next” type of attention.

Acting and Dialogue: Brilliant: Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson both bring there A-game but there is some faults aka Kerry Washington. She was good but not as good as Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson.

Cinematography: Common: The cinematography was nothing spectacular.

Direction: Brilliant: It seemed to be put together well and the pace wasn’t bad.

Sound: Common: Sound track was decent, every day sounds to the LA neighborhood.

Special and Visual FX: Common: This movie also wasn’t an FX driven film.

Overall: B, I recommend it.

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