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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.
I'd like to rate it 2 1/2 stars but rounded up to 3.
I didn't like the ending. Their is decent build up but ultimately you are let down.
I kind of thought by the name and the menu screen that I would be seeing a movie that had someone watching video monitors and surveillance tapes and discovering all kinds of clues. This is not the case.
I felt that all characters behaved in an unbelievable way. Especially the 9 year old girl. Who would believe that any nine year old would react the way she does and be absolutely fearless.
The director is not making any friends with the police. The police are depicted in just a terrible way. While I am no huge fan of the police, especially after a bunch of real life incidents that have occured to my friends, not even I would depict police this poorly.
Recommended for fans of crime and mystery but purely as a rental.
2. Second generation: born with some tendencies of psychopathy that later develop into the full on deal.
Cops can mostly be considered #2 (although some are clearly #1) while others... well, watch the movie.
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