I liked Lakeview Terrace. For once, the trailer for the film actually made me want to watch it. I wasn't disappointed with what I saw. Well, okay, the ending left a little to be desired, but when the rest of the product is as strong as it is, that can easily be forgiven. Lakeview Terrace is a solid thriller, one that, despite focusing heavily on the issue of racism, doesn't cross the line when it comes to that topic.
I'll give it humorous, but this movie quickly surpasses self-parody and wraps around to ludicrous, which isn't my cup of tea. Jackson shows up for another paycheck, and plays the same character he does in every other film. Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington are uninspired, and Ron Glass has all of two scenes. More Book, less Snakes on a Plane mashed with Die Hard 3, please.
It's crazy that this movie really never has a point and when it gets explained just why Jackson is so mean to his neighbors, you'll roll your eyes, but for whatever reason the chemistry between Jackson and Wilson is great and, without a doubt, the movie is entertaining. It's definitely tedious at times and can strain a little here and there but overall it's better than bad but worse than average.
The trailer looked awful, but I kind of dig Neil LaBute's earlier stuff and Patrick Wilson so I gave it a shot. And oh. my. lord. This was awful, not nearly as profound or interesting as it was trying to be or could've been. What the hell happened to Neil LaBute?!!
Samuel L. Jackson steals the show in this film. The story itself is mediorcre at best and there's an unnecessary subplot involving a raging forest fire behind the area these characters live in. Predictable, but fun to watch Jackson in a steely-eyed performance.
this movie is a decent thriller, the interaction between the characters was ok....but this movie has so many racial overtones and is so blantally racist..that it turned me off...if they toned it down I would have loved this movie but as a whole it gets so bogged down