Lakeview Terrace

  • 15
  • Neil LaBute (2008)
  • US
  • 105 min
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

This powerful thriller from Neil LaBute provides Samuel L Jackson with a really decent leading role. The writer/director of In the Company of Men is once more focused on the ugly side of human nature, as a black cop torments his new neighbours because of their interracial relationship. Jackson plays Abel Turner, a stressed single father and veteran LA cop who is self-appointed law in his suburban enclave. Turner's racist feathers are ruffled when Chris and Lisa Mattson (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) move in next door. It starts as a war of words, and rapidly escalates into something far worse. Sadly, the movie's promising build-up slips into audience-pleasing melodrama in its dying moments. Until then, LaBute almost makes amends for his ghastly remake of The Wicker Man. Almost.

Plot Summary

Thriller starring Samuel L Jackson as an African American police officer who tries to force out the interracial couple who have moved into the house next door because he disapproves of their relationship.

Cast and crew


Abel Turner
Samuel L Jackson
Chris Mattson
Patrick Wilson
Lisa Mattson
Kerry Washington
Harold Perreau
Ron Glass
Donnie Eaton
Justin Chambers
Javier Villareal
Jay Hernandez
Celia Turner
Regine Nehy
Marcus Turner
Jaishon Fisher
Captain Wentworth
Robert Pine
Clarence Darlington
Keith Loneker
Jung Lee Pak
Robert Dahey
Sang Hee Pak


Neil LaBute

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 5 Dec 2008