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Good realistic violent horrow film which some gripping and horrifying scenes
Eden Lake (DVD)
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Eden Lake (DVD)
Advantages: Realistic, scary from the reality, gory and violent
Disadvantages: Not for the fainthearted
A British horror film rated 18, Eden Lake is a scary insight into something that could really happen to you in real life, making the film believable and even more unnerving.
Led by two relative unknowns Kelly Reilly and Michael Fassbender, we have Jenny and Steve, a couple off for a romantic weekend together. Steve takes Jenny to a lake which is absolutely breathtaking and more romantic than Jenny could have imagined. The peace and tranquillity is disturbed soon enough though by a group of teenagers who are drinking, and being loud and mouthy. Steve has words with them, and as they ride off thinks that they will be able to enjoy the rest of their weekend. But they are soon back, and terrorising the couple in ways that are just unimaginable.
Most of the film is about the group of teenagers torturing and terrorising the couple, so there isn't much to give away. The scenes of torture are disturbing and gory and this film is definitely not for those with a weak stomach! The fact that the cast are British and the gang of teenagers could be any number of gangs hanging about in local high streets at night is unnerving to say the least. With the gang culture and violence that goes on the in the UK today this is perhaps an over the top but pretty accurate depiction of what goes on in some places today in real life. And that's what makes the film scary. No slasher deaths, or funky killings here, it's all extremely realistic and gritty.
The two leads play their roles well and are very convincing. The violence is brutal in places and both Kelly and Michael portray their characters as the victims of unnecessary crime very well. The group of teenagers are also believable in their actions too. We have a group of bored youths who are causing trouble to pass the time, and when they are told what to do by Steve their boredom turns into something a lot more sinister. We have the gang culture and a group which follows a main leader, teenagers who do things to impress their friends and not necessarily because they want to do it. A typical portrayal of something we read about so much in todays newspapers.
There are many messages in this film, as well as the main depiction of youth related gang culture and knife crime there are others I don't want to mention here because I'll give away other elements of the film. This is a well crafted story which although is horrifying and gory is really quite home driven in todays day and age. That's what makes the film so disturbing - it could be your neighbourhood.
The ending spoilt it a bit for me I have to say which is why I'm not giving it 5 out of 5. I don't know if you'll agree but it took away the 'reality' part a bit for me. Overall though a brutal and powerful film of violence - a must see.
Summary: Good realistic violent horrow film which some gripping and horrifying scenes