Eden Lake 2008
Director: James Watkins
Writer: James Watkins
Starring Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis, Jack O'Connell and Finn Atkins
The couple in peril while on vacation sub genre of the horror film is a popular one as of late in films like Storm Warning and Timber Falls. While those films I feel are modern classics, Eden Lake falls a bit short in this category. The Lead male Fassbender was just written to stupidly, and the ending should not have ended the way it did, it felt like a cheat to everyone who has been invested from the film in the beginning. I did enjoy it though, except for those 2 points. The writer and director is also the writer for the upcoming Descent 2, so I hope that turns out better than this film did. IT has some great tension and some nice bloody moments but, it just does not come together at the end.
The plot basics are this, Jenny (Reilly) and Steve (Fassbender are going on a weekend getaway where Steve plans to ask Jenny to marry him. They go to a secluded area in Eden Lake, and everything is fine at first, till they run afoul of some hoodlums led by Brett (O'Connell) and they end up stealing their car and Steve confronts them and accidentally kills their dog, this pisses Brett off, and now the 2 of them are running for their life. The rest of the film is basically a variation on The Most Dangerous Game, that does not end prettily for either Steve or Jenny.
I really dug this movie till the last 10 minutes and then it just fell apart. The direction by Watkins was intense and suspenseful, and you never felt what was around the next corner. I thought the writing was good except for the stupidity of Fassbender's character and the ending that felt it was made shocking just to be shocking, and really had no place in this film. The acting By Reilly and O'Connell is really what saved the film. Reilly you really felt for and sympathized with and O'Connell you just hated and wanted him to get his comeuppance. The effects in the film were quite good, especially the damage of Steve and the foot wound of Jenny's. This film just felt oddly uneven with the ending so, I can only mildly recommend this one.
This one gets 3 out of 5