“Boy, that scenery looks ripe for chewing.”
LAKEVIEW TERRACE (Neil LaBute) Rating: NNN
Issues of race, gender and class all simmer beneath the surface of this formulaic yet fairly tense NIMBY thriller.
Sam Jackson's widowed cop isn't happy about the interracial young couple who move in next door, so he tries to drive them out of the neighbourhood through intimidation, humiliation and harassment.
Things escalate into violence, including a climactic showdown that isn't nearly as conventional as the genre suggests, but LaBute keeps things grounded in character and motivation.
While Jackson has the showier role, Patrick Wilson as the go-along-to-get-along nice guy next door who's pushed too far lends believable balance to Jackson's scenery-chewing.