Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Eden Lake

Eden Lake (2008)
DirectorJames Watkins
Release date : 12th September 2008
Box office$5,824 (USA) (2 November 2008) (10 Screens)
                    £192,027 (UK) (14 September 2008) (184 Screens)

For my media coursework idea, I've included a teenage cast so to help me image how a teenager in a deathly situation would act I watched Eden Lake.
Eden Lake is a 91 minute crime/thriller which was directed by James Watkins, and was released on the 12th September 2008. It involves a couples weekend away turning into a manic, scary and relentless game of cat and mouse, involving a gang of loutish youths. There weekend is ruined when the gang disturb there campsite and start getting up to no good, they vandalize the couples car and steal there things. Primary school teacher Jenny (Kelly Reilly) and her boyfriend Steve (Micheal Fassbender) are now stranded, and once Steve confronts the teens about it, he is then viciously attacked, leaving Jenny to fend for herself and try to find her way own out of the woods knowing she has a group of teens after her.
Brett (Jack O'Connell) is the gang leader who seems to want to terrorise the couple even more once Steve kills his dog Bonnie. I used the character Brett as a good example for my pitch because I am using a disturbed teen in my film, I wanted to see how he was set out, how he made it clear that he was angry, happy, sad, annoyed, Jack O'Connell made these emotions very clear.
The shots used are slow paced for the romantic scenes, these are shown before the action happens, but once the action and the main storyline is in place the shots are a lot faster, and jump cuts are used repeatedly to increase the tension.
The Mise en Scene, is all based in the forest which is the typical scary location, this is both predictive to what the story will bring but nail bitingly scary.

User Reviews:

I highly recommend it, but not for the weak-hearted.

This is easily the finest pure horror movie since Switchblade Romance, and is absolutely not to be missed.

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