In LAKEVIEW TERRACE, a young couple (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) has just moved into their California dream home when they become the target of their next-door neighbor, who disapproves of their interracial relationship. A stern, single father, this tightly wound LAPD officer (Samuel L. Jackson) has appointed himself the watchdog of the neighborhood. His nightly foot patrols and overly watchful eyes bring comfort to some, but he becomes increasingly harassing to the newlyweds. These persistent intrusions into their lives ultimately turn tragic when the couple decides to fight back.
PREJUDICE. Edward Murrow once said, “Everyone is a prisoner of his own experience. No one can eliminate prejudices--just recognize them.” And William James observed, “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” Looking in a mirror and truly seeing ourselves is very difficult. We all have prejudice. Getting to know our neighbors -who are different from us, as in the film, is a good way to confront and overcome our prejudices. “Love your neighbor as yourself” is very good advice. Work at it and your life will be richer.
September 19, 2008
Genre: Crime / Drama / Thriller
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Hernandez, Kerry Washington, Patrick Wilson
Director: Neil LaBute
Screenplay By: David Loughery, Howard Korder
Luke 12:15 - "Then he said, 'Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.'” (NLT)