December 15, 2008

Lakeview Terrace : A lesson in racism, environment and neighbourliness

The poster of the movie at GSC Cineleisure

This movie was lost in the slew of popular movies at the end of the year in Malaysia such as Transporter 3, Bolt, Twilight and others. Malaysian movie theatres were actually quite bad in scheduling movies as this movie was quite late in coming to our shore.

The actor carrying the movie is Samuel L. Jackson who was known to carry a few movie including Shaft and Snake on a Plane. I think he was also worth the ticket to see in the new Star Wars trilogy as the CGI destroyed the film in a way. And the love story part.

Lakeview Terrace backdrop was an affluent neighbourhood in California where a bushfire was threatening to engulf the hill, miles away at first in the opening of the movie. The movie itself is passably good and the lessons which they tried to get across were more important.

Its about a black man who felt that it is wrong for a white man to marry a colored woman. That's it. That's the main message.

The ancillary message was police brutality and the suspicion that they have to endure when they are doing their jobs. The environment being exploited as a background to the area being burned down and finally, the need to have good neighbours when you move to a new home. They will ensure your safety and your well-being. They will ensure that your house is watched over and your kids are safe on the street.

So, choose your neighbours well, especially if you are living in a multi-cultural country like Malaysia. You may not care in the early part of your life but when you need help, the nearest place you can go will always be your neighbours. The tragedy like the landslide in Bukit Antarabangsa showed that when the going get tough, not all neighbours are willing to rough it.

For now, I am thankful for my neighbourhood which has its supporters and detractors of all the events held by the neighbourhood committees. No neighbourhood are perfect but at least let's be nice to each other, shall we.

If not, that's what's my profession are for...

No comments:

Custom Search