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Surveillance (2008)

Julia Ormond , Bill Pullman , Jennifer Chambers Lynch  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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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: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00277Q2U6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,259 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, Involving and Suspenseful!! August 25, 2009
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sickening and Endless July 8, 2013
This is truly an example of money flushed down the toilet. A good cast, but the story is gruesome, nauseating, and not very well-paced. It seems to go on and on... I realized after awhile that I had actually seen it once before, but all I really remembered was who the "villain" was, which made it all pretty much pointless. Most of the characters were so obnoxious that one couldn't feel much compassion for any of them, which is problematic. Ms Lynch has the advantage of a famous
father, but though not without skills,she doesn't really seem to have much to say outside of shock for shock's sake.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid movie August 9, 2009
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 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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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars deliciously demented August 19, 2009
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misfires but only just February 17, 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I will play" July 5, 2012
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The papier-mâché masked psychos of Jennifer Lynch's excellent thriller, SURVEILLANCE, are unlike zombies, vampires, aliens, ghosts or two-headed sharks. "Human-monsters" actually exist. Serial-killers are not supernatural which makes them the scariest of all extreme-cinema creatures. This horror sub-genre displays realistic scenarios of insanity and gore resulting in exquisite guilty-pleasure entertainment.

SURVEILLANCE skillfully shows differing degrees of madness beginning with the menacing yokel cops who then seem warm and cuddly in comparison to you-know-who. Along the way, the viewer meets all sorts of characters: A yuppie family, stereotypically asinine policemen, coked-up naïve youngsters and none of them deserve to die. But, of course, they do and in nicely orchestrated fashion. Lynch's pre-climax use of the Violent Femmes "Add It Up" is quite affecting with its aggressive strains of folk-punk acting as a musical harbinger of doom.

The craziest part of all is the murderers' reason for their path of destruction: Fun! Guess dinner and a movie aren't enough for some folks.
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english subtitles?
Yes, there are.
Aug 9, 2011 by Giorgio |  See all 2 posts
I was wondering the same thing... any luck finding out?
I think it was David Lynch, check out Ghost of Love/Imaginary Girl CD.
Oct 15, 2009 by Andiwine |  See all 5 posts
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