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Cavite Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Suffers from a ceaselessly roving camera and overuse of shaky handhelds, as well as even less successful editing tropes, and some very fake-looking blood.
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
September 17, 2006
Arbitrarily arranged and awfully acted... proof positive that well-meaning creative wishes and savvy, low-fi merging of production means and narrative concept doesn't automatically produce heady results.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 23, 2006
A harrowing but ultimately empty indie political thriller about Muslim terrorists.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 20, 2006
Cavite...will probably be cited in years to come as a classic example of the post-9/11 action thriller
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
August 5, 2006
...there's...a certain unseemliness to the endeavor that is difficult to dismiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 27, 2006
Its herky-jerky camcorder style, jump-cut editing and sustained takes soon wear out their welcome.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 22, 2006
... cunning meditation on the birthing grounds of religious extremism ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 7, 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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 30, 2006
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
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 29, 2006
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 | Original Score: B
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
June 24, 2006
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.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 16, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
June 16, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Doug Cummings
June 13, 2006
The film maintains an impressive narrative momentum throughout, but its documentary details make the biggest impression.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 6, 2006
a fresh bid for indie-thriller cred....[but] watching Gamazon and Dela Llana charge through their limitations is a bit like watching a sprinter run in clogs.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Saul Austerlitz
Boxoffice Magazine
June 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Les Wright
June 1, 2006
The directing duo brilliantly stretch the limits of their very low budget to moving aesthetic and dramatic effect.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 31, 2006
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 | Original Score: B+
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 30, 2006
A microbudget exercise in sensory overload that leaves you sick on all sorts of levels.
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