Release Date: June 16th, 2006 by Warner Brothers Pictures.
The Cast: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dylan Walsh, Shoreh Aghdashloo, Christopher Plummer, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Lynn Collins.
Directed by Alejandro Agresti.
BASIC PREMISE: At a lake house, Alex (Reeves), an architect, corresponds with Kate (Bullock), a doctor who lives two years into the future.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The Lake House has a very provocative premise which begins with much promise, but it quickly turns flat, contrived and unimaginative. Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock have no romantic chemistry during the brief scenes their characters, Alex and Kate, actually spend together. Alex already has a potential girlfriend (Collins) who likes him, so what does he immediately see in Kate that would make him choose her over his current girlfriend? Kate has a current boyfriend as well, although he rushes into their relationship, so she feels uncomfortable. When Alex first realizes that heís receiving letters from somebody living in the future, his reaction seems unconvincing. The only convincing actor is Christopher Plummer as Alexís angry, stubborn father who had built the lake house. Screenwriter David Auburn fails to show that Alex feels lonely and truly needs and wants Kate in his life. Moreover, the whole concept of the time portal in the mailbox could have been taken further with more creativity on Auburnís partómore humor could have been added as well. On a positive note, director Alejandro Agresti makes the most out of the beautiful settings and adds a very nice musical score which sets the mood. If only the any characters seemed more real and interesting.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Thereís only the general message that true love transcends time and a few brief references to the novel Persuasion by Jane Austin.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 3
IN A NUTSHELL: Provocative, but unimaginative, bland and contrived.
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