Its herky-jerky camcorder style, jump-cut editing and sustained takes soon wear out their welcome.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
This is by no means a polished film. But it has an energy lacking in thrillers that cost hundreds times more to make.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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+
A microbudget exercise in sensory overload that leaves you sick on all sorts of levels.
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.
A last act full of reversals would have filled in the holes in Cavite.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The hand-held camera work gives the film an effective documentary pulse, but it adds up to only half a movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
Terrorism and cultural identity are only two of the themes wound into a tight knot of fear and bewilderment in Cavite, a gripping no-budget political thriller.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It might have worked if co-director/star Gamazon had taken an acting class, or if the kidnapper didn't sound like a villainous GPS navigating device.
A paragon of guerrilla resourcefulness and a model citizen of the global village, Cavite is a more anxious and vivid experience than most movies with budgets literally a thousand times bigger.
For a guerrilla-style, no-budget Yank indie to even tackle issues of jihad terror and naive Western thinking is noteworthy in itself, but Gamazon and Dela Llana inflame the issues with a gutsy, athletic filmmaking package.
Guerilla filmmaking at its finest.