Lakeview Terrace is another one of those movies that I could have done without, but decided to toss into my queue just to give it a chance. I had zero intention of seeing it at the theater and I can guarantee that I would have passed it over at the video store. Thanks to Netflix I am watching mediocre movies with the ease and simplicity of clicking the left mouse button!
I can say for certain that I didn't like the film, although I can't say with any certainty exactly why. How's that for clarity? The movie deals with the issue of reverse discrimination, and perhaps a little with the over-abuse of police authority. Samuel Jackson's character, Abel Turner, is a tough, street-smart LAPD cop who begins to terrorize the new next door neighbors because he doesn't approve of their interracial relationship. Needless to say the situation goes from bad to worse, and before long the viewer is faced with a pretty bleak ending to a pretty depressing movie.
I can't honestly say with any conviction that Lakeview Terrace is a bad movie. I think the actors performed in their roles respectably. Especially Jackson, who's creepiness was, at times, enough to give even me the willies (thank God he isn't my neighbor). However, I simply reserve the right to not like a movie despite how well made it may or may not be. It just wasn't for me. I encourage you, dear readers, to check it out and make up your own mind. Fair play.