Sunday, May 1, 2016

Surveillance (2008)

Director: Jennifer Chambers Lynch

Writers: Jennifer Chambers Lynch, Kent Harper

Composer: Todd Bryanton

Starring: Caroline Aaron, Hugh Dillon, David Gane, Gill Gayle, Kent Harper, Michael Ironside, Pell James, Cheri Oteri, Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Charlie Newmark

More info: IMDb

Plot: Two FBI agents attempt to clarify the murders occurring in a desolate region. They approach the witnesses of the latest incident with the help of the local police. All of them hide something and all have wildly different stories to tell.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Great crime thriller!  Really.  Imagine the cops in SUPER TROOPERS (2001) but very, very dangerous and sadistic.  Yeahhhhhhh.  This is one of those pictures I didn't know a single thing going in and I just gave myself to it and boy did it pay off.  It's not pretty, from the opening shots until the closing credits roll.  People die.  Almost all of them and it's great.  The performances are great, especially Kent Harper.  This guy's only got 20 credits over the last fifteen years.  He needs to work A LOT more in front of the camera.  It's great seeing French & Oteri in serious roles.  French is one of the fucked up cops.  There's some great tension and awkwardness throughout and the ending is fucking awesome.  Highly recommended.  The Magnet DVD has the film in anamorphic widescreen and there are a bunch of extras starting with a commentary with Lynch (she's the daughter of David, by the way) and actors Miller and Newmark, a behind the scenes doc (15 minutes), an HDNet short doc (5 minutes),  2 deleted scenes and an alternate ending (with an optional commentary from Lynch - this ending would've pissed me off to the point of never watching this film again. The original ending is superior in every way) and 9 minutes of trailers from Magnolia Home Entertainment.

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