Eden Lake details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Turgoose, Bronson Webb, Jack O'Connell, Shaun Dooley, Eliza Elkington, Finn Atkins, James Gandhi, Thomas Gill|
|Collections:||100 Hot Hits, Damsels in Distress, Directorial Debuts, England Expects, HD Horror, HD Horror Movies, Iron Ladies, LOVEFiLM Exclusives|
|Run time:||1 hour 31 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Jan 2009|
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Eden LakeBy SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 15 Sep 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]I hated Them, the much lauded French home invasion horror, of which I said that it ends where any horror movie worth its salt would begin. Well Eden Lake plays like what probably happened after the end of Them, and it turns out that I didnt miss much.
A full half hour of scene setting achieves very little by giving us getting to know you time with a middle class couple (Rielly and Fassbender) that ends up in us getting to know nothing at all about them beyond the simple fact that Rielly is a school teacher (which we find out in the very first scene) and that Fassbender is planning to propose to her (which we find out through the hackneyed device of him gazing at the ring hes bought her). Neither has anything established in their character that is put to use later, its all just padding in a desperate attempt to get a feature length film together. Like such a lot of bad horror this feels cobbled together from cast offs of other, better films. In this case there are definite echoes of Last House on the Left in both the films events (though the roles are reversed, with the kids the antagonists rather than the victims), and in the structure (which means if youve any knowledge of that movie all surprise is sucked out of the films ending).
None of writer/director James Watkins characters has anything approaching a personality. Jack OConnell, as the ringleader of the gang of hoodies that attacks Rielly and Fassbender is just a one-note psycho (well, until the final scene, in which Watkins offers very late, and rather ineffectually, some indirect reason for his behaviour) while all the other kids each go through the exact same beats, at very slightly different moments. This lack of personality and development makes for an extremely boring movie.
As director Watkins deserves perhaps a little more credit than as writer. Eden Lake may not be a good movie, but it is quite an intense one. Watkins doesnt actually show much violence, but he implies such wince inducing things that the film really seemed to get to my audience (though it didnt shake me for a second). He clearly gets that by implying violence an audiences minds will go to work and likely create something much more explicit than you could film. If this had been married to characters we cared about and a story that wasnt just a reheated version of a remake of The Virgin Spring then Watkins might have had something here.
You cant really blame the actors for their lacklustre performances when the screenplay gives them so little to grab on to, but still Kelly Riellys stilted woodenness, and her knack for delivering every line exactly the same way, makes for an unengaging heroine and Thomas Turgoose is especially disappointing, giving a blank performance as one of the kids.
What upset me most about Eden Lake, though, was how it flushed the potential for an interesting ending down the toilet. It seems like it will visit consequences upon our escaping heroine for what she has to do in escaping these children, but sadly it does so in the most ridiculously coincidental, and frankly impact free, way possible. Ending more quietly, and without ripping off Last House on the Left, would have offered the potential to end on a similarly disturbing note, but more realistically, and in a different tone to the preceding 60 minutes, but sadly this hackneyed genre exercise doesnt want to do anything too interesting.
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Horrible, but very effectiveBy TheWatchman (753 reviews) from Suburbia , 17 Jan 2013Eden Lake is about a young couple from the south of England, who go camping by none other than Eden Lake in the midlands, as part of a romantic getaway. However, their plans go slightly astray when they run into a bunch of local kids a situation which quickly descends into a pretty gruesome encounter. Theres not too much new in the way of plot, but what I thought elevated it above the normal real horror films (i. e. those without monsters or killer video tapes) is that the two central characters do the things that most sane people would do. In other words, they try to escape, rather than run around in circles like headless chickens. There you have it a group of youngsters stalks an innocent couple (think Deliverance but with Chavs). If thats your thing, you might like it. Its kind of like one of those home invasion movies (only not at home, obviously) like Funny Games or The Strangers. However, it also (believe it or not) raises a few more questions than your average film of the genre. Some have commented on how it portrays middle-class as good and poor as bad, not to mention a few other shocks and surprises that I wont go into. Perhaps your enjoyment of the film depends on who you empathise with more. Check online there are some interesting comments made regarding the (obvious) villains of the film. Of course, if you dont want to delve too deeply, just enjoy it for a pretty nasty horror ordeal.
Quality Film!By a customer , 13 Jan 2013Please ignore all the 'avoid' comments. This film is darkly brilliant. Far fetched? Nope, not with todays youth. Not all but some. Let's face it finding kids setting fire to a tramp is a click away! Sad but true. The acting was brilliant by all especially the kids. Yes maybe it's a pointless film, however do films have to have a point in order to enjoy them. If you like thrillers, gore and being left with a feeling of utter shock, then this film is definitely for you.
Too dark.By StevieUK (3 reviews) , 13 Jan 2013This is tricky, is it well acted?. yes, is it entertaining?. no. I felt really uncomfortable when this film ended. I found it quite disturbing. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy tension, suspense & horror, but this was nasty violence repeatedly carried out by nasty people which left me with feeling of hoplessness in a way as the film offered no 'lighter' moments at any time. Far too dark really.
Chav's gone wildBy a customer , 05 Jan 2013I tend not mind violence in films and can do with or without. This was griping, had some good acting but the plot was just their to incorporate as much violence as possible and countless chase scenes.
Cape fear is one of my favorite film and that is violent. But its also creative and psychologically thrilling The bad guy actually has a mind and a twisted logic that is believable. Eden lake has non of these positives.
Anti social violence exaggerated and brought to the big screen. Trash like this is not why we watch film, Gritty violence can work in a film added with other ingredients but this has just the one.
Their is some truth in this film (modern day thugs), but a truth we no about and this film just make them that bit more twisted and brutal just long enough to make a 90 minute film.
Sick and disturbingBy a customer , 27 Dec 2012Difficult to rate. It was scary but only because it's a film about violent youths who subject two adults to torture for fun. Sick and twisted, but acting isn't bad.