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      Surveillance

      2008, Mystery & thriller/Crime, 1h 37m

      74 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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

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      Movie Info

      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.

      • Rating: R (Scene of Aberrant Sexuality|Pervasive Language|Some Drug Use|Strong Bloody Violence)

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller, Crime, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Jennifer Chambers Lynch

      • Producer: Kent Harper, David Michaels, Marco Mehlitz

      • Writer: Jennifer Chambers Lynch, Kent Harper

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $25.4K

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

      • Production Co: Film Star Pictures, Stephen Onda Productions, See Film, Lago Film, Blue Rider Pictures

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

      Cast & Crew

      Julia Ormond
      Bill Pullman
      Pell James
      Michael Ironside
      Kent Harper
      Charlie Newmark
      Kent Harper
      Stephen Onda
      David Lynch
      Gary Hamilton
      Jeff Geoffray
      Walter Josten
      Peter Wunstorf
      Sara McCudden

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      • 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.

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      • Nov 01, 2012

        Brilliant movie, starts off a bit weird but stick with it, it is well worth it.

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      • 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.

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      • 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!

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