Lakewood

Lakewood ★★

Philip Noyce is a natural choice for this kind of film. He’s great with actresses in peril and at keeping tension ramped up to eleven. But using the collective trauma of a generation of parents and children as the backdrop for a real-time thriller, whose lives have proven time and again to matter less than the right to own an AK-47, remains unconscionably distasteful. A post-credits sequence in “Lakewood” — surely a nod to survivors like David Hogg, who have turned to activism after their childhoods were ripped from them in a school shooting event — is meant to feel inspirational but comes across both exploitative and incredibly bleak. Art should absolutely engage with trauma, but not like this.

[Full review at The Playlist]