Written and Directed by James Watkins
First, there is the plot. Steve (Michael Fassbender, “Inglourious Basterds“, and “Shame”) has a holiday planned with his girlfriend Jenny (Kelly Reilly, “Sherlock Holmes“, “Pride and Prejudice“). He takes Jenny to an idyllic remote lake for some sun and relaxation before the place is turned into a housing community called Eden Lake. Things are peaceful at first; but then they run afoul of a group of teenagers. After a heated argument that ends up in the death of the leader’s (Jack O’Connell, “Harry Brown“) dog, Steve and Jenny are hunted and tortured by the youths as an act of vengeance. Steve is murdered and Jenny finds herself in a fight for survival.
Then, there is the opinion. As I was watching “Eden Lake” I kept thinking to myself that this is much more than just a horror film. It’s a statement about how there really are no more places where you can ‘get away from it all’. My wife has been trying to get me to go camping for quite some time and every time I can just imagine that we’ll get to a camp site and everything will be ruined by some inconsiderate moron with a boom-box. There is no fucking privacy in this world anymore. On top of all that, “Eden Lake” is an example of how there is no true parental discipline anymore. At the hospital where I work, I’ve seen kids skateboarding outside the main entrance and if anyone tells them to leave they cuss them and threaten them. Where are their parents? Do they not care about where their children are and what they are doing? No; as long as they are out their hair they don’t give two shits what their little tax deductions are doing. Let them be somebody else’s problem.
I apologize. I’m getting off the main subject. “Eden Lake” is terrifying because although it may be somewhat exaggerated, there is truth to it. Let’s move on, shall we?
Finally, there are the performances. I am becoming more and more convinced that there is no role that Michael Fassbender is not capable of playing. “Eden Lake” is an early film for Fassbender and he approaches it with the same intensity as an actor who’s honed his craft for years and years. If the man has ever given a bad performance then I am unaware of it. As for the role of Jenny, this is the first time that I’ve seen Kelly Reilly; but I will say that I was very pleased with her performance and with the emotional progression of her character. I’m curious to see more from her.
I’m sure there are some plot holes to be found in “Eden Lake”. I’m sure there will be some people who will ask why the characters did this when they could of done that; or why they went this way when they could have gone that way. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that at the end of the day “Eden Lake” is one frightening little son-of-a-bitch of a movie.
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