James Watkins directs Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender and Jack O’Connell in this hoodies versus Guardian readers survival horror.
A chilling and unrelentingly nasty little thrill ride, once it gets going you cannot fault Eden Lake as a technical exercise. Politically it is dubiously even handed making the loveable Reilly and miscast Fassbender appear equally as culpable as the nihilist kids who brutalise them (early O’Connell and ever huggable Thomas Turgoose are fine but the rest of the gang have been picked for their looks rather than acting prowess). There are moments that recall A Clockwork Orange, Straw Dogs and Scum and if Watkins and co are touching those landmark bases it is hard to ignore or discredit them. Satisfying exploitation whatever rag you read. If you have the stomach for it Eden Lake will grip the shit out of you.