Movie Details

EDEN LAKE

When nursery teacher Jenny escapes to the country for a relaxing weekend away with her boyfriend, she is unaware of a romantic surprise he has in store. The location is perfect. A lake enclosed by woodlands is seemingly deserted and the scene is set for a picturesque proposal. But before the happy couple can enjoy the retreat, their peace is shattered by a gang of violent youths. What begins is a shocking and unrelenting game of cat-and-mouse, as Jenny is forced to fight back against her aggressors.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 15 Jan 2009
Genre: Thriller / Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 31 Minutes
Distributor: FESTIVE FILMS
Cast: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis
Director: James Watkins
Format: NA

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Writer: Syahida Kamarudin

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Watch this if you liked: "The Descent", "Funny Games"

Here's a thought - if you're having problems (money, relationship, or anything else that drives you to the brink of self destruction), then this movie is suitable for you. By the time it ends, you'll remember nothing about your problems, just blood-curdling screams and a lot of gore. This bloody movie (not swearing, but a fact) will leave you feeling uncomfortable and absolutely unwilling to eat or to shop for several hours.

Kudos to the Brits for their ability to make a horror movie without any spiritual elements. Using the issue of juvenile delinquency, the movie takes the subject to another level. No, there are no scarlet monsters lurking inside a cave, nor white shrilling ghosts haunting the forest. What director and writer James Watkin wants to show is the monstrosity of an ignorant community, stapled on the faces of a group of hooligans that enjoy harassing people to the point of horror.

Sure, the movie has its fair share of cliches and annoying scenes (like the fact that main character Jenny keeps making one bad decision after another while having young lunatics hot on her heels) but Kelly Reilly does a fine job in bringing out the sense of fear and determination. The audience is shown how the character develops, from being a sweet, child-loving nursery teacher to a woman who kills in desperation to stay alive. The actors who play the group of rascals give an interesting performance, and they will make you hate them so much that you want to lurch at the screen with a knife.

Guess what - Eden Lake isn't that picturesque to begin with. Not worth having yourself slaughtered in anyway.

In short, this isn't a movie for the faint-hearted, not to mention pregnant women and children. Especially children. Ye have been warned.

Cinema Online, 05 February 2009
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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