'Lakeview Terrace': your reviews

September 16, 2008
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So, were you among the crowd at the sneak preview of "Lakeview Terrace," the new film directed by former Hoosier Neil LaBute?

What did you think?

Comments encouraged.
  • After a rather lengthy wait for the theatre to figure out how to make the sound work for the movie, I was impressed. Samuel L. was very good. Likeable at times, loathable (is that a word) at others. Ending was a little melodramatic, but overall a good movie.

    Thanks Lou for the tix
  • I thought the movie was okay. I thought Samuel Jackson did a great job acting, but I just never felt like the movie's story ever took off. Sorry, but I would recommend waiting for the DVD on this one or at least until it hits the dollar theaters.
  • Forgot to mention, thank you for the tickets.
  • The theme of the movie was immediately evident from Jackson's response to seeing his mixed-race neighbors. The camera close-ups of Jackson's expressions, mostly dark and devious, helped keep the tension alive. Strong emphasis on the race card. I enjoyed the movie. The undercurrents and tensions were just enough to keep me wondering what nasty little trick Jackson was plotting next. Finally, even with all the advances the races have made to accept one another or at least live harmoniously with one another, the issue brought to light in this film exists and it is helpful to air such issues because that's one way to eventually resolve them.
  • Thanks for the tix, Lou:

    My wife and I gave the move a B, B-.

    About halfway through the film I was reminded of the great movie 'Falling Down' with Michael Douglas. Abel was clearly a 'good guy' who was losing it. Different circumstances/plot, but similar character-track. IMO a good movie is one where you find yourself rooting for the villian to wind up in good shape in the end, which was the case for me here.

    I also felt the film-makers did a good job of developing the location itself as another 'character'. We saw the location attributes develop and increase in intensity in relation to the characters' similar growth patterns (calm and peaceful cul-de-sac at the beginning, light colors, airy presence changing throughout the film to growing firestorm, darker film shots, etc.) Hope I am articulating the metaphor clearly...

    Overall fun to watch.
  • This is a very very good film, inspite of the fact that right at the end, there seemed to be something missing, which had to do with the last scene. It left a question and I felt that the story wasn't finished.

    Plenty of tension and a bit of comic relief maked it all good!

    The acting is quality... excellent chemistry between Patrick wilson, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.

    Samuel L. Jackson's character is really scary!

    I also want to say thank you for the tickets, Mr. Harry. My friend and I truly enjoyed the evening!
  • awesome reviews! I love it when people from neutral standpoints are brutally honest. i was going to catch this movie on the weekend but was caught up in an emergency Disneyland trip. Thanks guys/gals.

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