Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Eden Lake (2008)

Director: James Watkins. Cast: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Jack O'Connell. 91 min. Rated R. UK. Horror/Thriller.

In our teens, we'd coined a horror sub-genre, called "Oozaini": films that whatever wrong could happen to the heroes happened, and whatever wrong couldn't happen, still happened via sick plot twists. Examples are Haneke's Funny Games, the Saw films, Compliance, etc. I watch them, but never write about them, because I despise Oozaini films for two reasons: they betray the viewer's emotional investment, and they're big holes in my scoring system - they engage till the very end (Soso), but should be avoided (NoMo). Eden Lake is a typical Oozaini film, and it proves not every Michael Fassbender film is watchable.

Mo says:


  1. Fassbender will no doubt want to forget this pathetic movie. It's all been done before and often better. I had to fast forward through much of this I was so bored.

    1. Totally agree. Unfortunately I was in a situation that I couldn't fast forward it, but I would've watched it in 45 minutes. Watching gratuitous torture is not my thing. At least the Saw movies are sometimes funny from idiocy.