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Cavite Reviews

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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
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.
Read More | 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.
Read More | 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.
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+
Pam Grady
May 26, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 26, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
May 26, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
May 26, 2006
It's amazing what you can do with almost no money nowadays.
Read More | Original Score: 3.2/5
Chris Cabin
May 25, 2006
Alarming and unrelenting
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 25, 2006
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 | Original Score: B+
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