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Surveillance [Blu-ray]

2.9 out of 5 stars 146 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • Actors: Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman, Ryan Simpkins
  • Directors: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray 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 (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00277Q2UG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,030 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Surveillance [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By Noah Young on August 25, 2009
Format: DVD
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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Lots of reviews here for this one. I watched the Blu-Ray version.

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.
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Great movie with a real surprise twist. I was very pleased with the seller as the package was in perfect condition as well as the DVD. If you want to know more about the film go to IMDB for a synopsis of the film.
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1. First generation: born with it.
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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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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