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  1. Sep 1, 2010
    3
    Couple decide to have a romantic weekend in an old quarry (Eden Lake) before it gets turned into a modern housing estate.
    The usual ridiculous stupidity that leads to mayhem & grisly demise.
    Highly unoriginal although Jack O'Connell is very good as the leader of the scallywags. However, the very talented Thomas Turgoose is underused.
    In summary, it's sort of a Daily Mail "What kids are
    like today" film. Expand
  2. Feb 28, 2012
    2
    The parents are to blame! That is the message of Eden Lake which tells the story of a London couple who are chased and hunted by a group of teenagers through the woods. Itâ
  3. Jun 20, 2013
    2
    This movie is completely unrealistic and poorly written. The behavior of the kids is believable till the end of the first act where it just escalates to complete ridiculousness. I was glad when it was over cause that's 90 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
  4. Aug 13, 2010
    5
    I gace this film a 5 and not a zero because of the fine work of the actors, editors, cameramen and other technicians.
    In fact, even the directing is good for its purpose. This kind of film puts me on the fence because the acting, directing, and editing are all very good in a lot of these kinds of films. You believe its happening while you watch and you suspect this kind of thing could
    possibly happen... at least while the film's tension is making you grit your teeth. On the other hand, the whole point of the film and what it suggests is what ruins it. This is torture porn or what I call "The cruelty genre" where humans have absolutely no regard for another human and behave in ways that are very unrealistic in the scope of real life situations. The films character's become so focused on their cruel needs that nothing in the real world intercedes like hunger, boredom, fatigue, distractions, changes in loyalty the fact that someone might sneeze. once the cruel characters start their mission they become demons that never faulter in their quest to inflict harm on the protagonists and this is just stupid. We have seen films make a fine point with extreme violence and the social monsters we create in neglected environments (clockwork orange). How many more of these films do we need to see where the only point is pure manipulation of the audience. The only point is tension itself. There is an old commercial made in the states for Dupont by the agency Young & Rubicam where a voice over tells you how a material made by Dupont is incredibly temperature neutral. They show a metal box made of this material. they show a bunson burner boiling water. they put a baby chick in the box and place the box holding the live chick in the boiling water and the voice over speaks very languidly about the product. the tension is enormous as you feel you are watching this poor little chick die. then they take the box out and the chick is perfectly fine. They sold me. amazing. what is this film selling me? fear and hatred toward the neglected class? please. How many more filmmakers are going to try and say the same thing using human cruelty as their medium. if you need to see this message expressed watch "Funny Games" it has a point and it makes you squirm. IT is probably the last film that should ever be made about callous and mindless cruelty. Expand
  5. May 17, 2011
    8
    Solid horror movie with an interesting angle - the antagonists are just typical unruly kids, rather than the typical cheesy supernatural horror villain. Executes the premise pretty believably.
  6. May 20, 2012
    7
    Stylish thriller/horror which starts slowly but builds into a mix between Straw Dogs and Hostel. Some moments of human stupidity under stress do detract from the fluidity at times. It is however graphic and entertaining.
  7. Feb 25, 2012
    7
    Eden Lake's underlying message may be a bit Daily Mail, but it remains an extremely effective British horror film. It's tense, scary, and well-performed (particularly by Kelly Reilly and the terrifying Jack O'Connell). Writer/director James Watkins skillfully contrasts the idyllic middle-class lifestyles of Jenny (Reilly) and Steve (Michael Fassbender) with the nightmarish wilderness in which they find themselves stranded and hunted by a gang of truly monstrous teenagers. The whole film has a feeling of steadily building dread, which doesn't abate even when we reach the film's excellently terrifying finale. Even the idea of demonic teenagers as a credible threat in a horror film works, and all the better since unrest we witnessed in the UK last year. Perhaps the film's beginning is a little too twee and drawn out, and you do find yourself feeling as though you're living inside a right-wing tabloid once the film really gets going. However, Eden Lake is just a horror film using British paranoia about unruly teeenagers to create something scary - it's not really endorsing the ridiculous sweeping statements about society that tabloids are often guilty of making. As a horror film, it succeeds - it's scary, it's tense, it's gruesome, and it's got a classic horror movie structure - city dwellers go to the country and have to fight for survival when they encounter some nasty locals - it's pure Texas Chainsaw Massacre! As a social commentary, you can't take it too seriously, but then again, I doubt that's what James Watkins ever intended his film to be. You'll certainly think twice before leaving the safety of your house and going camping in the wilderness again! Expand
  8. Jan 26, 2013
    2
    Highly predictable, not well thought-out and over-the-top violent. Another addition to the ever growing list of torture-porn slasher-flicks that have gone beyond horror and thrills and just skip directly to the blood and innards in the hopes of binding its audience in order to not have to write a script of substance. Judging from the revenue this movie generated, it seems to have succeeded. I am not sure as to why; the idea of a rather naive yuppie couple being terrorised by British hoodlums is an interesting one but the decisions made by the characters are unrealistic and leave gaping plotholes that ooze disbelieve. I sat in frustration throughout the movie not thinking about the inhumanity of the torture but the inhumanity of the choices made by the "good guys". Why on earth would people make the decisions they do? As if though their faith is dictated by a loaded dice that always rolls snake eyes.The entire script feels artificial and on top of that, the movie ends without any closure making the entire movie a 91-odd minute torture scene. If you enjoyed this movie, you might have to ask yourself if perhaps you've not grown a little too accustomed to unjustified violence. Expand
  9. May 30, 2013
    7
    Ooouch this hurts while watching!
    A helpless atmosphere and a exciting and nervous breakdown will haunt you after watching.
    Definitely not fot the faint of heart!
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Eden Lake has the trappings of a low-IQ thriller but it's really a contemptible tract feeding the prejudices of the U.K.'s rightwing tabloids that claim the country is overrun by teenagers wielding knives.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Eden Lake doesn't feel like torture porn so much as a rural-jeopardy thriller in extremis.