Surveillance 2009

Surveillance

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This dark psycho-thriller from Jennifer Lynch, is violent, sharp and baffling, but not to everyone's taste.

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After a spree of horrific murders in the New Mexico desert, two FBI agents arrive at a small Sante Fe police station to interview the key witnesses. Using elaborate surveillance equipment to view the interrogations simultaneously, Sam Hallaway watches as his partner cross examines the three survivors. As several inconsistencies emerge, it becomes clear that somebody in the room knows the truth behind the slayings.

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Critic Reviews for Surveillance

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (34)

  • It's a great whodunit.

    September 12, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The film's a failure.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Surveillance suggests 'Jennifer Lynchian' should be used for films that aspire to David's moody, idiosyncratic genius and fall woefully short.

    July 3, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for Surveillance

  • Nov 17, 2012
    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.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2012
    Brilliant movie, starts off a bit weird but stick with it, it is well worth it.
    Stuart B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2011
    Jennifer Lynch, daughter of the enigmatic David Lynch, delivers a bizarre, twisted, and often humorous film. In classic Lynch style, the point of it all is of course ambiguous. The third act reveal is sloppy and asinine, but that can be said of the entire storyline. The other problem is the unrealistic reactions of the characters involved, i.e. a young woman smiling and making jokes prior to being killed. It's all very weird, but I can't say it wasn't entertaining.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2011
    A superbly shot, casted, and executed film by Jennifer Lynch (daughter of David Lynch). I absolutely love when actors are taken out of their typecast and thrown into a role that is completely opposite. The plot of the film is told in such an original way. Watch the trailer!
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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