Rating: 2 stars
Lakeview Terrace is the kind of movie that titillates you with a good premise, then sort of meanders around without actually going anywhere, and then ends in a burst of jarring melodrama.
Insert your own bad-sex joke here.
Too bad. Because all the elements are in place. Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington play Chris and Lisa, an interracial young couple who move into a quiet suburb of Los Angeles. Samuel Jackson, perfectly cast, plays the tightly wound LAPD officer who lives next door with his two teenage children. At first, Jackson’s Abel just seems like a strict task master, an old school dad who grounds his children and insists they use proper grammar. But when he sees his new neighbors, something in him seems to snap, and he becomes truly menacing.
There’s an interesting concept at the heart of this story: Wilson’s Chris has a bit of anxiety about being married to a black woman. Her own somewhat supercilious father (Ron Glass) clearly doesn’t approve of their relationship and Chris feels both self-conscious and inadequate. Chris keeps hoping...