Cherry Tree Lane (2010)
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Critic Reviews for Cherry Tree Lane
The film flounders under the weight of two underwhelming and prickly protagonists who are as illogical as they are unlikable
... A technically proficient and psychologically aware piece of class baiting ...
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.
A gruelling suspenser told in real time, flecked with a darkly comic sensibility and a smattering of class-war critique.
Taut, tightly-plotted and at times confronting, it'll have you gripping the arm of your seat and double-locking the door.
Audience Reviews for Cherry Tree Lane
An hour and 17 minutes of my life wasted.
Superbly directed and acted home-invasion thriller that's over in a brisk 75 minutes. It's like Funny Games 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.
Williams tackles a growing media preoccupation in the UK, namely knife wielding yoofs, but pushes it into the face of the cosy middle classes with a worthy follow up to 'London to Brighton' (lets just ignore 'The Cottage'). What the film does well is to capture how quickly a calm suburban evening can be destroyed by the wrong knock at the door. Williams cleverly contrasts the attackers and their prey and it has a much more authentic feel than say Haneke's 'Funny Games'. Most of the violence is heard off-screen or through the results which disturbingly makes your mind fill in the blanks. The central lull in proceedings actually becomes tense as you and the characters wait for the promised grisly end.
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