In the movie “Lakeview Terrace”, star Samuel L. Jackson plays an officer for the LAPD who has new neighbors moving in next door. This new couple is an inter-racial couple, who are new homeowners, excited and happy to be in their new, beautiful house.
Unfortunately, Abel, played by Jackson, does not approve of the interracial couple and attempts to get his new neighbors to leave. This movie marketed itself as a great thriller drama, but once the movie started it just dragged on. The characters are so one dimensional that the names of any other characters except for Abel are forgotten. The entire viewing of the movie is spent in astonishment because you are not sure whether to believe that there can be a person who is so against the couple while enlisted to “protect and serve.”
At no point in this movie are there any twists or surprises. It is absurd the level corruptness of someone who is suppose to keep us safe can have. Abel’s character just takes his job way too seriously and even makes his home a type of jail.
Abel’s kids are so fed up with his rules that they contemplate running away to their aunt’s house.
The house has floodlights surrounding it, while the large fence keeps everyone at bay.
The couple, on the other hand, goes through a great deal when they move into their new house.
One of Abel’s lights shines right into their bedroom window and keeps them up all night. When they try to plant privacy trees, Abel comes home and tries to cut them all down because they are growing onto his property. Amidst all this, we find out that the wife has become pregnant.
However, none of this is enough to keep my focus off of how poorly this movie was done.
The characters were not drawn-out enough, the dialogue was bland and had no tone at all, and finally it had no depth. It was just the couple going against a guy who was so set against white people that he was driven crazy by his own racism.
Adam Korman is a fifth-year student majoring in professional studies. He can be reached at AK587939@wcupa.edu.