Cavite...will probably be cited in years to come as a classic example of the post-9/11 action thriller
| Original Score: 3/4
...there's...a certain unseemliness to the endeavor that is difficult to dismiss.
| Original Score: 5/10
... cunning meditation on the birthing grounds of religious extremism ...
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: B
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.
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.
This is by no means a polished film. But it has an energy lacking in thrillers that cost hundreds times more to make.
The film maintains an impressive narrative momentum throughout, but its documentary details make the biggest impression.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
The directing duo brilliantly stretch the limits of their very low budget to moving aesthetic and dramatic effect.
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.
| Original Score: B+
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
It's easy to envision the big-budget remake, but hard to imagine a mainstream American production capturing the original's sour, sweaty immediacy.
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.
It's amazing what you can do with almost no money nowadays.
| Original Score: 3.2/5
Alarming and unrelenting
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.