Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Review: Eden Lake (2008)

Socially interesting but tonally and logically it’s a bit all over the place. James Watkins' Brit horror is a well directed and tight entry into the genre type, but its characterisation could certainly be seen as demonising the working class. Whilst the more well-off characters aren’t portrayed as much more likeable and often unreasonable character choices can be forgiven for story purposes of horror more could have been done to flesh out the issues the film tries to tackle. Recent British sci-fi/horror Attack the Block is worth a watch for a similar social theme but in my opinion a more rounded approach. Still, Eden Lake is fairly interesting, enjoyable and commendable for its intentions of highlighting social anxieties, but should have probably decided which side of the fence that it really wanted to be on.


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