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The Lake House (2006)

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, more...
Director: Alejandro Agresti, Alejandro Agresti
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 98 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
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Two people develop an unusual relationship that bends the boundaries of time and place in this romantic fantasy. Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock) is a doctor who lives in a beautiful home by a lake. Forced to move elsewhere, she requests that any correspondence that arrives at the lake house be passed on to her new address. To her surprise, she soon receives a romantic note from Alex Burnham (Keanu Reeves), an architect who lives in the cottage she once called home. However, a look at the postmark on the letter reveals that he lived at the home two years before she did, and that somehow they've come in contact with one another through a space in time. A remake of Lee Hyun-seung's acclaimed Korean romance Il Mare (aka Siworae), The Lake House was the first American production from Argentinean filmmaker Alejandro Agresti; the supporting cast includes Christopher Plummer, Dylan Walsh, and Lynn Collins. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Turn off the left brain by thingstodo December 15, 2006 - 1:21 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Any movie or story dealing with time traveling will at some point break down. Although nobody in the story actually travels through time, the story still deals with a time anomaly shared by the two main characters. The way this story deals with cause/effect consistency is to selectively employ it for dramatic effects and ignore all other inconvenient aspects of it. So I'm warning you: do NOT try to piece the timeline together; it's just not worth the effort. Some stories get more interesting when you try to do this. This is not one of those.

The story also has the two main characters "talking" with each other across time as if they were doing so in real-time (for instance, Kate at one point actually interrupted what Alex was about to say) even though they are supposedly only capable of exchanging hand-written letters.

What the movie does get right is the collection of a few emotional vignettes. The dance. The longing. The kiss. Oh the kiss. They are few and far in between, but they are good when you catch them. The secret to appreciating this movie is to suppress your tendencies to try to logically piece together the time puzzle and to just lose yourself with the flow.

It's Like Speed, Without Any of the Good Parts by scottcavazos80 October 12, 2006 - 7:37 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves are both very pretty, and not bad actors, but the script and editing of The Lake House are vomitably laughable. Temporal anomalies are a viciously boring plot device and only work if the logic backing them is airtight, but this movie ignores paradox and applies the 2 year gap wherever it feels fit. About half way through, viewers with a functioning central nervous system will realize that they don't care about the characters making the outcome of the movie incidental to the hangover you will have from drinking enough liquor that you were able to sit through a movie not fit to run as a B-picture to Back to the Future III in a movie theater that also features round-the-clock knife fights. Better Keanu movie: River's Edge. Better Sandra movie: Murder By Numbers.

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