It’s the story of Jenny and Steve who want to have a peaceful weekend at Eden Lake. But a few teenagers are also there and disturb the silence. By accident, the dog of the group leader dies. That’s the beginning of a brutal spiral of violence, actions and obligations.
While watching I sat there with my mouth wide open after 15 minutes, and could not believe what’s happening.
EDEN LAKE goes the way it decided to go until the end. No break, no turn, just straight ahead.
The plot is consistent as I’ve never seen before. And that’s why EDEN LAKE is so surprising. You share the emotions with the characters, wait for a solution or only a twist in the plot. But there isn’t anything. It’s a spiral which goes further and further.
The emotional bond to the characters is also a result of the good actors. The actor of protagonist Jenny, Kelly Reilly, plays very authentic and fills the role with life.
EDEN LAKE is an emotional horror-thriller.
The brutalities come from the actions, the morally abysses. It’s no splatter or typical scary movie with clear wretches. But it’s horrible to see what humans are possible to do and to force. The moral debate is also set into a context of social criticism which makes it even more realistic and terrible. The viewer sees all sides of the plot, the borders of good and bad disappear more and more while watching. Everyone is guilty. Also because no one is able or just don’t want to break out of the vicious circle.
Director and scriptwriter: James Watkins
Starring: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Thomas Turgoose, Jack O’Connell
What is your latest movie, which let your mouth stand wide open?