ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY Lakeview Terrace★★★ 11.00pm-1.15am Spike
This 1980s-style “yuppie nightmare” movie from director Neil LaBute – best known as a take-no-prisoners playwright – is a cut above standard Hollywood schlock. Set in moneyed, suburban LA, it revolves around racist cop Samuel L Jackson’s disapproval of the interracial couple (Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington) who move in next door. Matters soon escalate from abrasive behaviour at the house-warming into a full-on feud, with uncomfortable overtones of separatist politics. The script was written by Howard Korder (Boardwalk Empire) and David Loughery (Passenger 57), and you can see what drew LaBute to the material: it’s a tense genre piece, but it deals with issues in a provocative way. Unfortunately, the ramped-up final act doesn’t quite live up to the first.
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