Reviewed by: Brian C. Johnson
|Featuring:||Samuel L. Jackson
|Director:||Neil LaBute—“The Wicker Man,” “Nurse Betty”|
|Producer:||John Cameron, Jeffrey Graup, James Lassiter, David Loughery, Will Smith|
“What could be safer than living next to a cop?”
In Matthew 19:19 Jesus commanded that we “love our neighbor;” he might not have been talking about those living on Lakeview Terrace. Starring Samuel L. Jackson (“Black Snake Moan,” “The Negotiator,” “Deep Blue Sea”) as the veteran police officer and candidate for worst-neighbor-ever, Abel Turner, Patrick Wilson, and Kerry Washington (“I Think I Love My Wife,” “The Last King of Scotland”) as the newly married first-time-home buyers Chris and Lisa Mattson, “Lakeview Terrace” takes the viewer on a never disappointing emotional roller coaster.
Chris and Lisa move into their first home with great dreams of building their family (although they disagree about the timing). The odds seem to be stacked against them as an interracial couple—even Lisa’s own father disapproves of their relationship. Turner is also not a big fan; his prejudice against the couple is the source of most of the disagreements between the neighbors. Tensions run high and tempers flare with neither side really wanting to back down. A.T. (Turner) spies on the couple, destroys their property, and sets an irreversible course of action that will lead to someone’s death. Chris and Lisa try to go to the police, but, their cries go unheard of since A.T. is a law man. Lisa’s father argues that A.T. has “the right color on his side… and that color is blue!”
Christian viewers may be pleasantly surprised to finally see a film with no nudity; however, there are scenes of sensuality and married sexuality. And, unfortunately, there is no shortage of coarse language, which seems par-for-the-course for Samuel L. Jackson characters.
“Lakeview Terrace” is a water cooler conversationalist’s dream—topics include race, prejudice and racism, interracial dating and marriage, the characteristics of good neighbors, marriage and family relations, police accountability, and so much more.
The movie is a thrill ride of twists and unexpected turns-of-events that kept me on the edge of my seats. If you can get past the bad language, this is a great movie.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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