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Cavite Reviews

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Cavite...will probably be cited in years to come as a classic example of the post-9/11 action thriller

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 3/4

August 20, 2006
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

...there's...a certain unseemliness to the endeavor that is difficult to dismiss.

Full Review Source: All Movie Guide | Original Score: 5/10

August 5, 2006
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

... cunning meditation on the birthing grounds of religious extremism ...

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4/5

July 22, 2006

The budget for this film is one of those miniscule amounts when compared to a studio film, which just goes to show it's not how much you spend to make a movie, but what you put into it.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 7, 2006
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Cavite will go down in history as a classic of no-budget filmmaking, making such ingenious use of bare resources that it's a wonder the movie is an effective, even thoughtful thriller.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 30, 2006
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A thrilling and scary ride through the side streets of a third world that is rarely seen in the movies, and carries a revolutionary message that is frightening in its political implications.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

June 29, 2006
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Despite the shaky camera work, it's good to be reminded what talent and dedication can do in 10 days with less than $7,000.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

June 24, 2006
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Gamazon is a capable actor for this hard tour. He and Dela Llana filmed with the kind of brave hustle and bustle that plows vividly through glib touches, repetition, razzle effects and shocks that whomp us hard.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 16, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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This is by no means a polished film. But it has an energy lacking in thrillers that cost hundreds times more to make.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 16, 2006
Doug Cummings

The film maintains an impressive narrative momentum throughout, but its documentary details make the biggest impression.

Full Review Source: Filmjourney

June 13, 2006
Saul Austerlitz
Boxoffice Magazine

The film is a tender, unflinching look at the brutal conditions of life in the Philippines, its sympathy for its accidental subjects intertwined with a flexible, on-the-fly mode of filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 3, 2006
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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Though the film seldom deviates from its thriller format, Gamazon and Dela Llana astutely weave in matters of political, cultural and religious importance, elevating Cavite well above mere genre.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 3, 2006
Les Wright

The directing duo brilliantly stretch the limits of their very low budget to moving aesthetic and dramatic effect.

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June 1, 2006
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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One of those blistering no-budget thrillers, like Open Water or Detour, in which the film's economy of means is the trigger for its ingenuity.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

May 31, 2006
Pam Grady

Gamazon and Dela Llana have accomplished a neat trick: delivering a piece of terrific entertainment while opening a window on bigger issues and a rarely seen culture.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 26, 2006
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's easy to envision the big-budget remake, but hard to imagine a mainstream American production capturing the original's sour, sweaty immediacy.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006
Jan Stuart
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Enhanced by the you-are-there immediacy of a hand-held digital camera, Cavite works up a visceral potency that overleaps the credibility gaps in the omniscient-terrorist device.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

It's amazing what you can do with almost no money nowadays.

| Original Score: 3.2/5

May 26, 2006
Chris Cabin

Alarming and unrelenting

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 25, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Cavite was shot on a microbudget, and that turns out to be a plus. After so many overproduced blockbusters this season, it's nice to see a movie that's lean and mean.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

May 25, 2006
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
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