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Cavite

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Returning to Cavite for his father's funeral, Adam lands at the Manila airport to meet his mother and sister. He is greeted by a disturbing cell phone call. An unknown voice demands that he comply with instructions, which will force him to make a choice w

Special Features

  • Commentary by directors Neill Dela Llana and Ian Gamazon
  • Outtakes and deleted scenes with commentary
  • Additional deleted scenes

Product Details

  • Actors: Ian Gamazon, Edwin Lagda, Edgar Tancangco, Norma Tancangco, Quynn Ton
  • Directors: Ian Gamazon, Neill Dela Llana
  • Writers: Ian Gamazon, Neill Dela Llana
  • Producers: Ian Gamazon, Quynn Ton, Neill Dela Llana
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BM1E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cavite" on IMDb

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Animalnation on May 2, 2009
Format: DVD
This movie had a lot of potential, but failed in a number of important ways. As an American with no ties to the Philippines, the cultural realism was not an issue for me. I saw it rather through the eyes of the protagonist (also American): brutal, squalid, and cruel to people and animals. The cock-fighting scenes were enough to turn the stomach. The predatory attitudes displayed by every single character in the movie is a real negative. While we feel for Adam's predicament on a objective level, he does not elicit as much sympathy as he should. But more than that, the movie itself was not always believable. Was that really his sister's finger? His mother's tongue? How would he recognize such things as being authentic? How could the audience? The fact that we never see him meet up with his family is grossly dissatisfying because, if you were skeptical about the plot, there's no resolution to the mystery. So the movie has a core: the horror story of the voice on the phone insulting and abusing Adam, but really no clue as to what is real or not. I think the film technique was a bit much. Jump-cutting is one thing, but you don't have to make the viewer dizzy. That just seemed like an affect, a bad-boy thing. It's like playing gross-out: How disgusting can you get? I also think that as long as we're on the subject of terrorism and religious fanatics, the movie could have explored this a little more in order to give more context to the plot. I guess the redeeming part of this is that there was no implied support for any of this criminal activity. One truly wonders how he carries on with the rest of his life.
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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 12, 2009
Format: DVD
Made on empty pockets budgeting, shot on location without bothering with permits, and poking at an idealogical hornet's nest, CAVITE turns out to be gripping and baffling, unsettling and nerve-wracking. It's also thought-provoking stuff and demonstrates once again that a shoestring allowance does sometimes lend the project a palpable sense of immediacy, as well as this jangling energy. It's a taut little thriller.

Co-writers/directors/producers Neill Dela Llana and Ian Gamazon pretty much make up the cast and crew. Acting-wise, CAVITE is in essence a one-man show (with Gamazon playing the lead role of Adam), although he gets terrific supporting vocals coming off-screen. Adam is a 32-year-old Filipino muddling thru his zero-prospect life in San Diego, California. Trapped in his dead-end gig as a night security guard and currently in a serious spat with his pregnant girlfriend, Adam learns that his father had just died, killed in a bus explosion back home in the Philippines. Flying out for the funeral, Adam gets even more stressed out when no one meets him at the Philippines airport. So things probably cannot get any worse. Heh.

A phone rings, and Adam is startled to realize that a cell phone has been planted in his luggage. He answers the cell phone and a taunting voice informs him that his mother and sister had been abducted and will be murdered unless Adam complies with the caller's instructions. Adam's homecoming, it really sucks.

This movie is a big migraine for tourism agencies in Cavite City. The disembodied voice forces Adam to trudge thru the slums of Cavite, to some eventual destination.
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Although I couldn't find much in the way of production notes to back me up, I assume that this film had a very limited budget due to the look of the movie and the style in which it was shot. With that in mind, I was impressed with what the filmmakers were able to accomplish. Independent films shot on digital video may be an acquired taste, but if the viewer can get past the look of the film, then there are some absolute story gems waiting for them. Unfortunately, not all well-made films are gems.

The plot for 'Cavite' is straightforward. A young Filipino-American man, stuck in a dead end job and in the middle of breaking up with his girlfriend, receives a phone call from his mother in the Philippines informing him that his father is dead. The young man, Adam, flies back to his country of birth for the funeral, but when he arrives, he gets another phone call - this time from a cell phone hidden in his luggage. The voice on the other end tells him that his mother and sister are hostages, and their lives depend on Adam following the voice's every whim and direction.

It isn't long before Adam discovers that the voice belongs to a member of the Philippine terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf. After being forced to take a guided tour of the slums of his native land at the voice's insistence, Adam is eventually given the task that, if he successfully fulfills it, will obligate the voice to release Adam's mother and sister.

What makes this film chilling is that it seems so very plausible. A poor slob, with no real direction in life, is suddenly caught up in something much larger than himself, and his reactions are completely believable to me. Even worse, the method used to control Adam is brutal, efficient, and simple. He is held completely in their power.
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