Cherry Tree Lane

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A couple is terrorized by a gang who is hunting their son.

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Critic Reviews for Cherry Tree Lane

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  • If Michael Haneke were drafted in to direct an EastEnders Christmas special, it might look like this raw, no-budget, home-invasion nightmare.

    Sep 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • ...bringing vastly different classes and generations into explosive collision, and utterly unsettling the bourgeois norms of a society that prefers to keep its problems on the other side of the door.

    Sep 2, 2010
  • Good playing and powerful film-making make Cherry Tree Lane distinctive.

    Sep 1, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • The film flounders under the weight of two underwhelming and prickly protagonists who are as illogical as they are unlikable

    Mar 6, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • ... A technically proficient and psychologically aware piece of class baiting ...

    Jun 30, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Slickly made but ultimately pointless, this film is rescued by skillful direction and excellent actors who invest a fearless authenticity into their roles. It's just a shame that there's nothing very meaningful beneath the surface.

    Sep 9, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cherry Tree Lane

  • Jan 30, 2013
    Cherry Tree Lane is this year's Eden Lake, with an ending just as shocking and abrupt. The film is confronting and the most raw home invasion film I've seen in years. The film starts out pretty simplistically with a slow boil pace, with an older couple that is settling down in their home for the evening to eat dinner. In a moments time they hear their door bell ring and what any person would do they answer it. Thugs burst through and demand their son who isn't there, they then duck tape them and wait helplessly bounded. The film is such a nail biter because the viewer for most of the time doesn't know what's going to happen next and when it does it's off screen, but you hear the horror and that is even more disturbing. The film boils over into one harrowing conclusion; it makes you think how far would you go to protect your family? Just like such films as Eden Lake and Funny Games the performances are subtle yet powerful. The actors that play the troubled youths are a real standouts and you get to know a little about them and their flaws, than them just being figures of fear. All of the actors are pretty much unknown, which is a plus because you don't as high of expectations regarding their acting. Everything flowed in a tense, natural, gripping matter that made the viewing experience a mostly effective one. Director and writer, Paul Andrew Williams has already established a pretty promising career so far in this genre, with films like London to Brighton, which I really want to see now, and his other works such as the pretty decent but not great The Cottage and the very solid and chilling, killer kids flick The Children, which he wrote the story for. I'm pretty excited about what he is going to come up with next because every new film seems to be very different and slightly better than the last. He knows how to create suspense, confronting drama and how to meticulously build suspense and terror. He then mixes it together with a dab of dark humor to effecting results. Keep an eye on him! Overall, the film treads on a tired formula and doesn't have as much action, chaos or scares as some other more superior home invasion movies. The ending, though it kept me on the edge of my seat clutching the arms of my chair in anticipation of what's to come, left the viewer out cold of what the next move of the film will be. The conclusion bothered me because you don't really officially know the outcome. That being said Cherry Tree Lane is one of the most provocative British crime/thrillers I've seen in a while even though it's not that original. 6.9 out of 10
    Matt S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2011
    An hour and 17 minutes of my life wasted.
    Beth M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2010
    Well made British take on Haneke's Funny Games, well acted and executed by Williams. Though wad fairly predictable.
    Jon H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2010
    Superbly directed and acted home-invasion thriller that's over in a brisk 75 minutes. It's like <i>Funny Games</i> without the breaking of the 4th wall or the "aren't I clever, and aren't you sick" audience winking. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end, and that's about it, and the lack of point means it only really works as a technical exercise.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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