Another reviewer, another planet... (by chris-faulder)
Do not listen to Mr Smoove! While it has its faults, this movie is nowhere near how he describes it. @Mr Smoove - you were either watching a different movie or you are, well, I'll not be impolite... My partner and I found it an excellent, gritty film filled with utterly gnawing tension and disturbing to the core. It would be interesting to know which movies Mr Smoove thinks are good, because he appears to rate this lower than, say, the Spice Girls Movie, or Johnny English, or anything vomited forth by Michael Winner - and that intrigues me greatly... Do not listen to Mr Smoove! While it <more>
has its faults, this movie is nowhere near how he describes it. @Mr Smoove - you were either watching a different movie or you are, well, I'll not be impolite... My partner and I found it an excellent, gritty film filled with utterly gnawing tension and disturbing to the core. It would be interesting to know which movies Mr Smoove thinks are good, because he appears to rate this lower than, say, the Spice Girls Movie, or Johnny English, or anything vomited forth by Michael Winner - and that intrigues me greatly...
holds your breath for quite some time and makes you write a review ; (by mailpete-885-380181)
The intensity with which this movie strikes, is INSANE! It builds up the tension until the very end, which is without a doubt a long time but the reward for waiting takes over one like nothing you have ever felt before. it's like feeling what the character is feeling. If you're patient you won't be able to sit still when everything unloads in a few wonderful seconds.If you lack the ability of empathy you'll probably end up thinking it's a Funny Games adaption. The idea might be but the reasons are way more substantial.Watch and feel!
Challenging and uneasy, but it does pay off in the end (by davideo-2)
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning Christine Rachael Blake and Michael Tom Butcher are a suburban middle class couple who are settling down to have dinner, when Rian Jumyan Hunter and his gang of thugs force their way into their home and hold them hostage until their son arrives home. As the wait drags on for his return, the couple find themselves pitted in a devastating psychological battle of wits with their assailants, which gets more intense as they become more brutal with every passing moment.Paul Andrew <more>
Williams's latest offering shares it's name with the street Mary Poppins was set on, a film made in 1964 and set in 1910. Precisely one hundred years later, the change in the social demographic and erosion of the quaint English attitude couldn't be more clear. From 'chim chimene chim chimene chim chim churoo' to 'yo blud, give me ya money, I is gonna shank you 'innit?'. From harmless, whimsical fantasies of immaculate, middle class nannies flying in on umbrellas to dark, 'urban' thrillers of lawless filth terrorizing the innocent. This is the latest addition to the 'real time' thriller genre basically where events are playing out as they are happening , of the sort done in films like John Badham's 1995 flop Nick of Time. This distinctive approach to the genre naturally works wonders when placed in the right hands, and Williams works the wonders that he did with his first two mainstream films again here. All the same, this appears to have weirdly skipped the cinema and arrived straight to DVD, in the style of some older student production. One can only guess the material on display may have been too much for the type of audience that had seen a film like The Cottage. Indeed, this is extremely uncomfortable viewing through out, failing to put the viewer at ease with each stomach churning moment that passes. It's blissfully short, though, and if you can manage it through to the end, the denouement pays off and you are left with a pretty satisfying revenge film that leaves the viewer pondering over an ethical and practical problem that makes you wonder if the judgement has been affected by the circumstances. ****
Short, sharp, and to the point...... (by FlashCallahan)
Prosperous professional couple Mike and Christine are settling in for a standard evening of wine, TV and low-level marital hostility when a ring on their doorbell changes everything.Their son Sebastian is in a little trouble with some local boys, who are quite prepared to camp out and wait for him to get home.The resulting culture-clash is raw, revealing and nerve-split-tingly tense......Be warned viewers, this is a grim and depressing movie, one not to be viewed with someone you have not known long.The claustrophobic setting only mounts to the tension, and the feeling of dread right from the <more>
moment we see the boiling broccoli, stays with you right until the last reel.There are some predictable moments in the film, The two main gang members are like good cop, bad cop. One having complex/complexion issues, the other being apologetic when the other isn't there.The acting is good, and the camera-work and set is haunting and sometimes quite visceral.There is no way out for anyone in this movie, and even the innocent are doubted in this, many will ask about the final frame 'did he have the knife/axe' or 'was he scared'.The film doesn't let up for the duration, and there were many times i had to heavy sigh, as it was very uncomfortable to watch.But coming from the director of 'from London to Brighton' and 'The cottage', I had a good idea it wasn't going to be a happy experience.Be warned though, if you do want to see this piece, it is good, but you won't feel very good after watching it.
Unsettling latest instalment of home invasion horror. (by Spikeopath)
Cherry Tree Lane is written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams. It stars Rachael Blake, Tom Butcher, Sonny Muslim, Jumayn Hunter & Ashley Chin. Plot finds middle-class couple Christine Blake & Mike Butcher suffering the ultimate home invasion hell when one night three youths force their way into the house looking for their informant son.It's the sort of plot that could have been gleaned from The News Of The World on a Sunday morning. Whilst not as horrific as Eden Lake, or as far fetched as Harry Brown, Williams' third film unsettles from the off and has much to say <more>
along the way. We begin with a slow zoom in shot of the front of the house, a middle-class suburbia that's comforting and a world away from the horror about to be unleashed. Then inside and Williams appropriately films an untended cooking pot coming to the boil as Christine chats on the phone in the back ground, the simmer to boil motif neatly setting us up for what is to come. Told in real time, Cherry Tree Lane's story never leaves the house, claustrophobia reins as our couple are trussed up and subjected to a terrifying ordeal. Pretty sparse in set up and location, then, but this is not just an excuse for some terror. Williams goes a bit more deeper with his themes, daring to delve into the psyche of Britain's unruly youths, neatly observing cultural class division and the ever widening gap between the generations. It's darkly humorous at times too, the bleakness of which has a cheek about it as the story runs its collision course. Where Cherry Tree Lane differs from other film's of its ilk is that the violence is mostly done off camera, mercifully so during one extreme passage. The power of suggestion really comes to the fore as we hear but don't see. This lack of on camera violence will disappoint those who need it in their horror diet. So be advised gore seekers, this is unlikely to be the film for you. Williams also faces the problem of trying to avoid comparisons with the afore mentioned other film's, the likes of Funny Games and The Strangers. It can be said that the home invasion format is most likely now looking a bit tired, to that end Williams' British take is likely to only resonate with the self aware British public. But it is challenging and confrontational. The ending is a little too abrupt, and perhaps inevitably-implausibility creeps in. But for the most part this is unnerving stuff, a chilling tale executed with a realism that's not found in more glossy productions: with the final shot astutely serving to keep us agitated. 8/10
Home invasion and culture clash. (by HumanoidOfFlesh)
A middle-class couple Christine and Mike is abused by a trio of hoodies who use a supposed betrayal by their son.The father is savagely beaten and the mother is raped by knife-wielding black youth named Rian."Cherry Tree Lane" is not as intense and brutal as similarly themed "Kidnapped".I enjoyed it due to its remarkable acting and gritty social realism.The violence is mostly off-screen but the atmosphere is quite unsettling.The climax is abrupt and there are some implausible moments,but if you like terror cinema you can't go wrong with "Cherry Tree <more>
Lanes".It's a chilling little thriller in the vein of "Eden Lake" that will disturb you.Better think twice the next time you go to answer the door.8 hoodies out of 10.