This is a compilation of all feature films that have played at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX from 2005 through…
An FBI agent tracks a serial killer with the help of three of his would-be victims - all of whom have wildly different stories to tell.
Terrifically disturbing psychological thriller directed by Jennifer Lynch, daughter of David.This movie had me hooked after 10 minutes and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout it's tension filled duration. The performances are all compelling but Bill Pullman is the stand-out in what could be career best role.
The main part of the story is told in flashback as the various witnesses of a crime tell their version of events to the investigating FBI agents, as the narrative shits we begin to see a clearer picture of what has unfolded.
This is a smartly scripted thriller with a wicked twist in its tail and in my opinion it doesn't receive nearly enough praise, well worth tracking down.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Putting aside the bad rap this movie gets from having a twist that most people recognize early on, Surveillance has a lot of originality to it. And it shouldn't be dismissed simply because many are unsatisfied with that aspect of the plot. Not without its problems for sure, but it deserves better than it usually gets.
All that aside, Surveillance is considered a thriller, but it's really a horror movie. It's so different from any other horror movie though, it seems unrecognizable to people. Consider some common elements of a horror movie: 1) a mostly black-and-white good-against-evil kind of motif, 2) the victims often find themselves deceived and trapped in places where they are vulnerable, 3) in…
'The KGB or the FBI
Never gonna get me
Get me alive'
When shit hits the fan or corpses start popping up hanging from the fan or the fucking fan won't start, the FBI shows up at the local precinct or at some Sheriff's office in a back water town.
I'm the EFF BEE Aaa. Call me agent. See the badge you fat fuck?
Movies show us ranks being walked over and previous investigations dismissed at the arrival of Federal Agents, which is disdainful for the local Police because the FBAaa (it seems) only shows up when apparently the local authorities have failed. Such shame.
'DE-TEC-TIIIIIIIIIVE.' I just remembered that when I said 'walk into a precinct'.
The tension between…
Can't decide if this is great, or terrible. Either way, director Jennifer Lynch certainly lives up to her heritage.
From my old Netflix reviews:
Jennifer Lynch, daughter of David Lynch, tries her hand at directing again after a long exile from film due to the disastrous reception of her last attempt, Boxing Helena. This is definitely a better film than Boxing Helena, but Lynch still has a long way to go as a filmmaker. Featuring an odd cast and a script that showcases bizarre dialogue exchanges, Surveillance is all over the place in the story department. However, there is enough here to entice you into exploring just what the heck is going on. Bill Pullman, Julia Ormond, Cheri Oteri, French Stewart, Michael Ironside, Pell James and a great Kent Harper (who looks a lot like Anthony Cumia) form one…
Predictable but nicely twisted thriller. You know where things are going fairly early on but the ride there is full of violence and amusing scenerychewing.
This was pretty boring in places, I called the ending about 20 minutes in, and Bill Pullman is terrible (although I think that's part of his charm?), but I kind of enjoyed this? The storytelling pulled me in and I wanted to know why everyone was such an asshole.
Plus, the female FBI agent was really hot.
A fascinating retelling of a bloodbath crime scene from the perspective of three victims.
Carried with riveting performances, gripping and disgusting characters and a story paced out with great hints of madness and insanity once the end is revealed.
No plot nothing. Disappointed.
Jennifer Lynch evidently learned a lot from her daddy David (who also
produces here), but one might hope she'd fall a little further from the tree when it comes to having a plot that makes sense. There's a giant twist (which I figured out about 2 minutes in) that doesn't actually fit all that well into the rest of the plot; the initial situation that's getting Rashomon-ed never really makes any contextual sense in the first place. That said, Julia Ormond is good enough to raise questions about why we don't see her onscreen anymore, while Bill Pullman is...not (though seeing Pullman overact, rather than just kind of stand around like Luke Wilson's stunt double, is slightly interesting). And amazingly, I actually quite enjoyed a performance by one of my least favourite actors ever, French Stewart, and not simply because he truly stretches his acting muscles by opening his eyes.
Quizás utiliza algunos trucos sucios para engañarte pero entretiene y es original en ciertos momentos.
Gut, gemacht aber komischer Twist in der Story
Predictable but enjoyable enough.
Jennifer Lynch's return to directing is a well-made, acted, and put together thriller with a hell of a third act. Loved it.
The inevitable twist is seen coming from a mile away though the tension is well crafted and the movie moves at a brisk pace.
Horror movies I've seen. List copied from my IMDB account. It will keep expanding.
In no particular order.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…