Lakeview Terrace is now out on DVD (having missed it when it was in the cinema). The film stars Samuel L. Jackson as Abel Turner an LAPD cop with an attitude, Patrick Wilson as Chris Mattson who moves next door to Abel Turner along with his black wife Lisa played by Kerry Washington.
Abel Turner has a problem with the fact that he is white and his wife is black. Able tries to intimidate the new neighbours into moving, through a series of psychological tricks and tactics.
The film is very well produced as for a while at the start of the film you can see why Abel has a problem with his neighbours, including some sexual antics in the pool which was observed by Abel’s kids. You can see that Abel is trying to bring up his kids right – and perhaps his tactics are warranted.
The overall plot is very well worked and without spoiling the plot, Abel loses it and becomes a man obsessed with getting rid of them.
Lakeview Terrace is actually the name of the area that the famous Rodney King beatings were ‘allegedly’ made by L.A. police in 1991. His name and famous line, “Can’t we all just get along?” is also referenced in the movie.
Excellent plot, great twist and a great ending. Well worth renting. The only down side is that the couple who move in, don’t really deserve each other – I didn’t really care what happened to them as the characters are not that likeable.
Running time : 110 mins