Lakeview Terrace








Director - Neil LaBute

Genre - Crime/Drama/Thriller


Newlyweds Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington buy a new house next to a neighbor from hell acted by Samuel L. Jackson. The role of an over the hill cop with deep rooted resentment for most of the world is played with relish by Jackson. Frankly speaking, it is the only reason to watch this film. There aren't that many actors who can embody such a character so convincingly without going into over the top mode. If the role was given to Nic Cage or Travolta it would have been a run of the mill Hollywood vehicle. Jackson managed to stay afloat the material here, overshadowing everybody else in the process and certainly, this will be a character we'll remember him for in years to come.

3 STARS!

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Neonklaws said…
I avoided this mainly down to that smug face Jackson's wearing on the cover. It looked like he knew it was garbage but he'd make a killing from it, easy. Maybe I was wrong, but regardless I can't get it out of my mind.

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Great review, the movie is a good watch.
Neonklaws - If you're a fan of Samuel L. Jackson and of good acting, you should try this. We understand why you would view this with a pinch of salt. Trust us, we did too. Sam Jackson's phone in roles in 'Snakes On A Plane' and 'Star Wars' were still fresh on our minds when we caught this. You can't bet on John Travolta pulling himself out of his 'acting for money' rut because Travolta was never such a great actor to begin with. Sam Jackson may have made some bad choices but you can be assured that he will come around the bend and make amends.

Moses - Thanks, great that you loved it!
Castor said…
Not a bad movie but certainly quite forgettable. Samuel L. Jackson is awesome enough to give this a watch.
Sam Jackson like we mentioned is the only reason to watch this. There is this dangerous edge to him that would scare off a lot of people. The film basically works because of this volcanic threat that he emits.
Jean S. said…
Samuel L. Jackson did a very good job playing the most irritating character we've seen in film history!