A nursery teacher named
Jenny (Kelly Reily) goes on a weekend
camping trip with her boyfriend Steve
(Michael Fassbender) for a romantic
getaway to a place called Eden Lake to
enjoy the sun and swimming and for Steve
to propose to her at the right time.
However they run into a group of
backwoods juvenile delinquents encircling
their campsite by listening to loud rap
music and when Steve asks them to turn it
down this gives them an excuse to cause
them trouble for them as they go on a
joyride with their car.
Steve accidentally kills one of the kids'
dog which happens to be the leader of the
gang of kids named Brett (Jack O'Connell)
and is then tied up by barbwire after
their vehicle is totalled in the woods
and tortured half to death leaving Jenny
stranded and looking for help while the
kids try to stalk her on a relentless
game of cat and mouse while trying to
find her way out of the woods but Brett
gets more outraged and has deadly plans
if he can get her which may mean a
There's many fast
shots on both Jenny and Steve getting ready for their
trip to camping out and driving there as
well as them making out while suntanning
A good tense moment with Steve approaching the teenaged kids reasoning
with them about their music too loud and
they act nasty towards him leaving that
feeling there's going to be trouble later
There's good distant shots on them
hanging around the lakeside as if someone
is watching them.
We have a good scene with Steve going into someone's house and then one
of the supporting characters Jon acting as an aggressive
parent suddenly coming into the house and
he tries to hide without being caught
which packs a suspenseful punch.
frusterated swearing when he finds out
his vehicle is gone and then both him and Jenny tries to search for it
with a good jumping moment on the vehicle
jumping up on them by surprise with the
kids in it and they try to chase it
with good shots on them while doing so.
We have a good tense moment between Brett and Steve with some
suspenseful shots on his dog attacking
and then getting stabbed. We later get a
good mercy pleading from Steve when Brett goes in a rage.
We have some great fast action camera
shots on both Jenny and Steve in their vehicle trying
to start it up with the kids surrounding them and throwing rocks as it
makes you cringe wondering if they'd make
it out of the woods.
Nice camera shot on the backseat with
them driving through the wild woods and
There's a real disturbing scene with Steve tied up in barbwire and being taunted by
people like Brett stabbing
him here and there and him begging to let
him go. We also have a good shot on Jenny looking from a background sobbing to
all this in which this scene showed
perfect chemistry with the intense
moments through all of this.
Great shots on Jenny running
through the woods with the young cast
riding their bikes after her.
We have nice shots on her hiding near a shack with the rest trying
to find her which makes you wonder if she
will get caught.
There's also a good discussion between Jenny and Steve by trying to
escape the mess they're in as well as Steve acting weak and not
making it. There's a good moment with him
ready to die and she tries to help him
We spot good shots on the two of them
tied up and Brett getting
aggressive by pouring gasoline on one of
them and lighting them on fire.
We have a good shot on Jenny driving a car and speeding towards Paige which was a great revenge shot.
Bottom line is that it's a very well done
flick with many psychological chemistry
making you think that bad kids can be
very deadly scaring you on dealing with
anyone just not right in your every day
life. It almost seemed like a better version of
I Spit on Your Grave and Last
House on the Left type of
revenge film but it had such a bad
ending. I hate to spoil that for you
folks but I was disappointed by that. However, it's common for those backwoods
type of stories too surrounding the
locals there and an untrustworthy bunch
of people as it does spook you once they
seem helpful and wondering if they are a
part of those evil brats or related to
them. This is a kind of movie to watch if
you're not having a bad day dealing with
jerks in your life else it will make you
paranoid for sure.
The acting is
greatly performed as lead actress Kelly
Reilly (Jenny) really showed her stuff
trying to surive from these evil brats
with good crying emotions and at times
some nice vengeful moments. We have a good striking moment with
her holding a sharp glass and striking someone in a scene. She also
shows some good tensity too when needed.
Michael Fassbender (Steve) knew how to have
a calm attitude but later on showed great
anger and frusterations when things
weren't going right along with showing
his weaknesses and pleading too. He
showed nice weak actions after being
stabbed half to death too. I can see him
getting more work like this.
Supporting actress Tara Ellis
(Abi) showed a nice strange reactions to her
part as the parent to one of the nasty
kids making her part a real mystery and
unpleasant to be around if you cross her.
Jack O'Connell (Brett) lived to play a
juvenile delinquent and leader of his
gang showing terrific aggressions and
insanity with whatever he does. He was a
true horror film character actor and
deserves to get more work due to what he
played. Does well in a scene by trying to manipulate another one of his
gang members to do something. Does well getting into a heated argument as well as throwing fast punches and going insane.
Finn Atkins (Paige) was marvellous as a
young bitch in the gang reminding me of
those school girls that cause trouble for
others and it seems she related to that
when she played this role.
Shaun Dooley (Jon) was intimidating as
another backwoods parent with his abusive
actions and loudness too even if his role
wasn't overly big but that doesn't
shows his penis mocking the two lead
adults in the woods.
There's many good
open wounded stab shots as well as some
bloodshed here and there on both of the
two adult victims
There's also a stab in the neck of a kid.
Some neat booming
sounds during the terrors in the forest
as well as some sad smooth violin music
throughout most of the plotlines which
seemed at times necessary but a little
overrated since we've heard this type of
classical playing before. All of this was put together by David Julyan.
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