There have been some great “creepy neighbour” thrillers over the years. 'Rear Window' and 'Pacific Heights' were two of the best, but 'Lakeview Terrace' certainly ranks high on the list, largely due to Samuel L. Jackson's performance.
Part of what makes his character so unsettling is his very specific racism. The reason for his loathing of the mixed-race couple that moves in next door is explained late in the movie, but it still doesn't ease our discomfort. Even more disturbing is that, as a police officer, he justifies his actions, however brutal, as being in the service of a greater good.
Lakeview Terrace is a movie designed to make the audience uncomfortable. It forces us to confront issues of race and violence that most of us hope never to have to face. It's not necessarily an enjoyable experience, but it's one that will stay with you. I give it three and a half stars out of five. Your results may vary.
(and Murray liked it too!)