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The Lake House 2006

A lonely doctor who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late...

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I have seen this movie numerous times because I find it such a comfort movie.
I actually liked this movie even better the second time I saw it, actually kind of loved it the second time. Its definitely worth a watch. Watch it when you are in the mood of watching a romantic movie with a twist, two people meet each other through letters but are separated by time. two years to be exact...
pfff, I was actually scared at the end he would be dead and she was alone, but it all came true. good movie but a little hard to follow at some points.
for all the girls who want to see a good romantic story, Wacht this one with Kenue Reeves and Sandra Bullock Its amazingly good :) 10/10
charming, you'll have a good time watching
The Lake House, a remake of a little-known South Korean film, Siworae (released here as Il Mare), reunites Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in a romantic/fantasy drama twelve years after their star-making turns in Speed. While Reeves and Bullock played a romantic couple in Speed, the romantic angle was relegated to a subplot. Still, Reeves and Bullock clicked together onscreen, so it's not surprising they were asked to appear in a romantic drama together. What is surprising is that it took twelve years for them to work together again. And before you ask, Reeves gives one of the better, more credible performances of his career (yes, it was as difficult to write as it is to read).

Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock), a doctor about to complete a sabbatical at a lake house before taking a position at a large Chicago hospital, leaves a letter as a courtesy for the next tenant, Alex Burnham (Keanu Reeves), a former architect turned condo developer who's purchased the lake house as a renovation project (and for personal reasons that become clear later on). In her letter, she apologizes for paw prints on the jetty that connects the lake house to the land and a box in the dusty attic. Alex investigates and doesn't find either one.

Perplexed, Alex responds to Kate. In turn, Kate notes that Alex can't get his years straight. His letters are dated '04, hers are dated '06. The mailbox at the lake house has magical properties, serving as a conduit between 2004 and 2006. Alex's present is Kate's past, and Kate's present is Alex's future. Alex's doubts that Kate's putting him on are quickly allayed once Kate predicts a freak weather storm (why Kate believes Alex is writing from the past as easily as she does is left unanswered). Alex and Kate also discover they share the same dog, Jack (actually a she).

Before Alex and Kate can meet (if in fact, they do), they have other obstacles to overcome. Alex has to reconcile with his estranged father, Louis Burnham (Christopher Plummer), a brilliant, difficult architect, and convince his younger brother, Henry (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), another architect in a family of architects, to start his own firm. Kate has to cope with the long hours at the hospital and a persistent ex-lover, Morgan (Dylan Walsh), a lawyer who promises Kate a bland, comfortable life together and not much else. Alex and Kate also have to uncover whatever hidden connections that might have shared in their joint pasts that's brought them together again, albeit two years apart.

Asking Keanu Reeves to hold up his end in a drama-heavy, non-action film has been always a dicey proposition (he's better suited to monosyllabic action roles, comedic turns where he plays off his stoned surfer persona, or smaller character parts where the onus of carrying a scene or a film is on another actor), but for once, casting Reeves as the lead in a romantic drama somehow pays off, mostly because Reeves avoids the awkward, stiff line readings that have made him an object of derision among critics and moviegoers.

Reeves' performance aside, The Lake House manages to work for several reasons, beginning with Sandra Bullock as the co-lead, a solid supporting cast featuring the always watchable Christopher Plummer as Alex's father, a grounded screenplay that (mostly) avoids cheap sentimentality, and straightforward, unobtrusive direction by Argentinean director Alejandro Agresti (Valentin), making his English-language filmmaking debut. Agresti keeps his camera focused on the actors and eliciting grounded performances, keeping stylistic tricks to a minimum, with the exception of several unnecessary overhead crane shots that add nothing dramatically.

Story wise, The Lake House indulges in a handful of genre clich
Movie Review: The Lake House

Romance movies tend to be the genre of movies that I avoid at all cost. The drama is typically clich
These two are seperated in time by 2 years. He is in 2004 and she is in 2006, yet he figures out a way to meet her at one of her birthday parties. They even slow dance and kiss each other!! But he dosen't say anything real to her. So what's the problem?.... She doesn't need to know or understand what's about to happen... Just start a relationship !!! And Hey, future girl, if you're gonna send a book to me from the future make it a Sports History book so that I can make a Jillion $$ on game results, fights, races, etc. not a book on architecture.. This whole movie revolves around this magical mailbox that instantly sends letters back and forth. Good thing too because the plot is sooooo slow if the viewer had to wait for the mailman to come and go we would all be waiting into the next century for the outcome .... I will say one thing positive about this movie. Seeing Sandra and Kneau together again really makes me miss the movie Speed... :rotten:
*WARNING* May contain spoilers

"The Lake House", starring long time friends Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock - working together again for the first time since "Speed" (1994) - is a story of semi-magical connection between a man and a woman which spans the width of two years. You see, Kate (Bullock) and Alex (Reeves) have both lived in the same gorgeous house made entirely of glass. Kate is moving out and leaves a letter in the mailbox wishing the next tenant good luck and enjoyment in the house, as well as a forwarding address for her mail. Through movie magic (and possibly fate), Alex - who just purchased the house - receives this letter and the two begin to correspond.

Confused at first, they soon realize they are living two years apart, Alex in 2004 and Kate in 2006. While an odd set of circumstances (and theoretically impossible), they continue to write. Both are failures when it comes to relationships and they find the letters a great chance to talk to someone of the opposite sex and not have to face rejection. Soon they fall in love but are not sure how they could ever meet to make a relationship work because of the time issues. They share a dog (too complicated to explain here) and their hearts. Attempts to meet do not work and they begin to lose hope. Can they find a way to be together? Or will this simply be another failed relationship to add to their lists?

Despite what people have been saying, I thoroughly enjoyed "The Lake House." Complex, sci-fi plot aside, it comes down to a story about how two peoples lives change when they allow themselves to connect. It's honest. Its cinematography is gorgeous and the performances are good. Keanu and Sandra have an amazing on-screen chemistry as we have witnessed before (in Speed), but here it is more mature. Sandra delivers a performance closer to her character in "Crash" (2005) and less like that of "Miss Congeniality." Kate is a charming but self-conscious and lonely woman. Keanu gives what I believe is his best performance in a movie yet! His famous slightly "wooden" acting style is perfect for the character of lonely architect Alex, and he can really become someone quite believable and open in the moments when his character is happy. While the two do not share much direct on-screen time, that serves to make the moments they do share it SO desirable. The viewer longs to see Alex and Kate meet face to face and for this relationship to work out for them. Especially delightful, were the voiceovers (of the letter reading and writing) which filled the movie as other things happened. It was a clever way to keep them from always sitting at a desk and brightened the tone of the film overall.

Forget thinking about how all the time travel works, that's not the important part. The important point of this movie is the relationship between these two people. The magic of the time transcending mailbox only serves to bring them together, but so do many other things in their lives (as we come to find out). It gives the viewer hope that maybe they are destined for love like this - maybe not with the assistance of a post office receptacle - but fated in some way to meet that one person for them.

"The Lake House" is a touching film, free of all the hustle and bustle of modern American cinema and culture in general. There's no emailing, just good old-fashioned letter writing. It's a throwback to the real movies - before we forgot how to make them - before we forgot that a movie is about the people in it and not about sex, drugs and rock and roll. "The Lake House" is a beautiful film and you should really go see it. Don't go in expecting it to all make sense, but go in with an open heart and open eyes and let it win you over. Critics have gone to theatres with their arms crossed and their minds made up already. Take a lesson from Alex and Kate, open your heart and see what happens. And hey, it's only $8.00. ;)
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I have mixed feelings about The Lake House. I put aside all the implausibility in the plot. Sandra Bullock ("Miss Congeniality 2") stars as a doctor who leaves a note for the next tenant when she moves out of her lake house. An architect, Keanu Reeves ("Constantine") picks up the letter and writes back that she must be confused, no one has lived in the house for years. As they write back and forth, they find that he is living in 2004 and she is living in 2006. Through this inexplicable time loop, they fall in love.

While these romantic films are not the best for Reeves ("Constantine"), he doesn't ruin it. The movie's pacing is what really does it in. It drags. For a less than 2 hour film, I felt I was in the theater for 3 hours. Also, I saw what was coming about 15 minutes in, I just wasn't sure how the movie was going to get there and if that ending would satisfy me.

Besides the pacing, Reeves' brother in the film, Ebon Moss-Bachrach ("Live Free or Die") really got on my nerves. Every time they were on screen together, they would seem to be yelling their lines. The brothers weren't arguing just SPEAKING REALLY LOUDLY. Weird.

But, problems aside, I did find myself believing in the romance and hoping they would get together in the end.

Anyway, I say rent it or see a matinee. But don't pay evening prices if you must see this.
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