|Rating:||R (for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use and a scene of aberrant sexuality)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Drama|
|Directed By:||Jennifer Chambers Lynch|
|Written By:||Jennifer Lynch, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, Kent Harper|
|In Theaters:||Jun 26, 2009 Wide|
|On DVD:||Aug 18, 2009|
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as Elizabeth Anderson
as Sam Hallaway
as Bobbi Prescott
as Officer Jim Conrad
as Officer Jack Bennett
as Captain Billings
as Dad (Steven)
as Officer Degrasso
as Drug Dealer
as Grocery Man
as Elaine Meyer
as Officer Wright
as TV Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Surveillance
Pullman's striking performance here is undermined by Lynch's overreliance on those same grisly shock tactics, as well as a script that fails to capitalize on a promising premise and then swiftly collapses upon the revelation of a not-so-shocking twist.
In this long-time-coming sophomore film, Lynch exercises powers of her own. She gets repellant, seductive, sympathetic performances from her actors. Ormond and Pullman are frightfully good at teasing intimacy.
Surveillance suggests 'Jennifer Lynchian' should be used for films that aspire to David's moody, idiosyncratic genius and fall woefully short.
Its mad killers may wear masks. But the real and cheap disguise here is the film's own -- an exploitation shocker trying to pass itself off as art.
Audience Reviews for Surveillance
Wow a decent thriller with a dark slick murder mystery. If i say anything else it could give away the whole mystery. So instead I will just say watch this one.
Two FBI agents question witnesses of a brutal slaying.
As this film began, I thought it was going to be a post-modern Rashomon -- the same story told from multiple perspectives with the post-modern conception that truth is mutable. David Lynch's daughter at the helm only furthered my suspicions. However, the characters' stories merely serve as diving boards for the director's objective reality, so the film has no post-modern twist or any original concept driving it forward. Lynch uses her father's scare tactics, slow shots of looming devilish figures straight out of a Carl Jung handbook for "scary," but these flourishes bore with over-use.
Bill Pullman and Julia Ormond are stolid until the last act, during which they become cartoons. The antics of the police officers and most of the other characters are so outlandish that they defy credulity; even in a small, out-of-the-way town, there's no way these officers could have gotten this far shooting out random travelers' tires and sexually assaulting drivers.
Overall, Lynch proves that she's her father's daughter, but she's without his ideas, which makes her a copycat, a poor excuse for the original.
Brilliant movie, starts off a bit weird but stick with it, it is well worth it.
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