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Lakeview Terrace 2008
PG-13

  • Neil LaBute
  • September 19, 2008
  • 110 mins
  • English
  • Crime, Drama, Thriller
What Could Be Safer Than Living Next to a Cop?
A young interracial couple has just moved into their California dream home when they become the target of their next-door neighbor, who disapproves of their relationship. A tightly wound LAPD officer has appointed himself the watchdog of the neighborhood. His nightly foot patrols and overly watchful eyes bring comfort to some, but he becomes increasingly aggressive to the newlyweds. These persistent intrusions into their lives cause the couple to fight back.

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Interesting movie. It plays out "racism" a bit differently, with Turner (Samuel Jackson) being the racist bigot and Mattson (Patrick Wilson) being the victim. The movie builds up the racial tension so patiently, cautiously. There are moments of thrill when you'll be worrying if the yelling and name-calling would turn violent--and turns out it's cleverly tuned down to a humane, civil negotiation. The conflict is played nicely like this sort of tension is highly probable to happen in our backyard.

That interesting build up, unfortunately, is resolved with a cartoon-ish, (un)expectedly boring in the ending, making all the tension feels useless and crashed all the way down.

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