If ever there was a film that clearly illustrated why members of the underclass in our society should be prevented from breeding, then this is surely it. In this, a young couple go away for a weekend of camping at an offbeat lakeside country park, when there romantic getaway is gatecrashed by a group of young hoodlums from a nearby estate.
Not wishing to be intimidated by a group of unruly 12 year olds, the boyfriend (Michael Fassbender) proceeds to start remonstrating with them, which has unfortunate fatal consequences. Left alone at the mercy of a group of knife wielding 'hoodies', the girlfriend, Jenny (Kelly Reilly), is forced to flee into the woods, with the local yobs in close pursuit on their BMX bikes.
What follows is a deadly cat and mouse game as Jenny tries to find a way out of the forest and get help, whilst evading the local 'chav' population, who are stalking her at every turn.
Personally, I didn't much care for this one. Whilst the films premise of a young couple being terrorised by unruly locals is hardly original, what made this disturbing for me is the fact that events in this seemingly mirrored a number of real life events that have happened in recent years involving gangs of feral kids. So anyone with an interest in current affairs may find this one a bit hard to sit through. Indeed I actually felt somewhat 'dirty' after watching this.
But to summarise, I feel that Eden Lake is worth a watch and although it does employ a few too many horror cliches for my liking, I felt that the casting of relative unknowns in the lead roles actually works in its favour and it does attempt to answer that age old question "Are there any bad children, or just bad parents"?
But who knows, just as the 1966 TV movie "Cathy Come Home" provoked a major shake up in the way homeless people were assisted, perhaps this film will do something to promote the prevention of the scummier members of our society from reproducing and maybe when people see this they'll consider bringing back the birch for dealing with unruly children.
If anyone has seen the vigilante film "Harry Brown", starring Michael Caine, I would very much like to see a crossover movie shot, in which he visits the families of the thugs involved in this and guns the whole bloody lot of them down!
Overall Marks 4/10.
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