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This film held my attention all the way through; i found the acting very good (Pullman and Ormond totally believable as FBI agents), and the twist quite satisfying. Overall, quite an entertaining film, good performances, believable, and i might want to see it again to pick up little clues/cues i missed the first time around. As a rental, you can't go wrong.
The acting was solid and as usual Pullman played a quirky dude (prob signed on because of David) really well. There were parts where the dialog was a bit awkward and the story stalled but lets be honest, the director is the daughter of David Lynch...you cannot say there have not been slow/awkward scenes in Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, etc.
I thought the twist was great and the ending was fantastic. Not a 5, but definitely something I will recommend to fans of movies like Se7en, 12 Monkeys, Fight Club, etc. Beautifully dirty movies.
But while David Lynch's films manage to strike an effective balance between darkness and light, Jennifer Lynch has no use for the good side. Surveillance is thus like watching, say, Blue Velvet, but with all the redeeming moments taken out.
Although there's enough drama, tension and plot dynamic at work to keep Surveillance from being a complete turkey, the gap between what it tries to achieve and what it delivers is simply too wide. The overall impression I get from watching this movie is of a young filmmaker trying too hard to be controversial. Some of the dialogue is facile in the extreme, and the acting, particularly by some of the police officers, is laughably over the top. Bill Pullman, Julia Ormond and Michael Ironside's talents, one feels, are rather wasted.
The bottom line is that Surveillance may have enough drug references to appeal to culturally-savvy 20-somethings, for the more mature, discerning movie fan it falls short of the mark.
She left one highly erotic scene out of the actual movie and put it in among the "Deleted Scenes" extras. She also went with a somewhat more subdued ending. The clever, unexpected action is still book-ended by two bloodbaths though. So those who like the "Saw" series will probably enjoy this film. But those who enjoy more cerebral thrillers, filled with subtle clues about the nature of the killers, will also find fresh meat here.
In the first half of the film, we see some policemen having "fun" by stopping, hassling, and humiliating cross-country drivers. I might initially have thought this sequence launched the film into completely over-the-top, unbelievable territory. However I happened to be reading Philip Zimbardo's book, "The Lucifer Effect" during the same week I saw this movie. In the book, Zimbardo demonstrates how being given uniforms and authority can completely transform some people into tyrants. Ms. Lynch also confirmed that when a policeman friend of hers saw her movie, he said he'd witnessed just that sort of abuse of power at work. So perhaps those police infractions weren't so completely over-the-top impossible after all.
However the psychology of the killers does really seem to be without counterpart in reality. Nevertheless, if you take the action as somewhat surreal, as extreme exaggeration - you will probably find yourself overlooking its lack of psychological veracity and get absorbed into its sheer erotic gruesomeness.Read more ›
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Incredible film. I want this director to make more films! Her film Chained was insane, too. Great acting and suspense.Published 1 month ago by izzyfnlee
I never write reviews basically because I never really feel compelled to but this was just a vile movie, that had a nauseating and gruesome ending and plot with no other real... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sacofpotatoes
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