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Surveillance

2.9 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews

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When FBI agents Elizabeth Anderson (Julia Ormond) and Sam Hallaway (Bill Pullman) arrive at a local police station to investigate a series of gruesome murders, there are three witnesses with three different stories of the roadside rampage. However, as the agents begin to expose the fragile little details each witness conceals so carefully with a well practiced lie, they soon discover that uncovering the truth can come at a very big cost.

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  • Actors: Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman, Ryan Simpkins
  • Directors: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00277Q2U6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,373 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Some of the previous reviewers are either psychic(s) in terms of their uncanny ability to scope out the plot twists so far ahead of time, or truly veteran film goers of mysteries.....I was able to discern the major plot twist slightly ahead of the actual revelation, and was very satisfied with the way the writer and director decided to unfold their narrative and cinematic processes.....very intelligently done!! i found the dialogue appropriate for each character, and yes, while one must suspend belief as relates to the characters of the rural cops(borders on stereotype), that's okay because no one promised me character development in depth.
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.
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I thought this movie was delivered great. The way it was shot was really gritty and made me think of the end of Se7en and also the cover of latest Slipknot album (I know, really random).

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.
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Jennifer Lynch happily carries on the family tradition of scraping beneath the surface of American society and uncovering the horrors that lie beneath. Thus we are treated to an endless procession of law enforcement officers with varying degrees of corruption and stupidity; dysfunctional families; drugged-up, emotionally detached youngsters and unhinged serial killers. It's like a low-budget Pulp Fiction but without the irony.
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.
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I think a lot of the reviewers missed the point with this film.I believe the director(David Lynch's daughter)simply intended to make a fun,twisted flick with a surprise twist to the end.You may or may not see it coming,but,I don't think you'll get it exactly.I wasn't expecting much,was thoroughly engaged until the end.What more could you ask for?
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For me this was not a real scary movie because I like TV series such as CSI and Criminal Minds. For me the most surprising thing about this movie is the roles of Julia Ormond and Bill Pullman and the very twisted ending. After seeing Julia Ormond in Sabrina, The Wronged Man and Temple Grandin I was shocked to see her in this suspenseful thriller. Julia played such a convincing role and she pulled it off as usual. I was glued to the screen from start to finish and was never bored. Julia Ormond is such a great actress and I have become a big fan of her work.
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Jennifer Lynch, David Lynch's daughter, directed this gore fest with lots of twists, lots of surprises. In the Director's Commentary, Ms. Lynch reports that her father pronounced her as being "totally demented" when he saw the film in its original cut.

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.
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I was wondering the same thing... any luck finding out?
I think it was David Lynch, check out Ghost of Love/Imaginary Girl CD.
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