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A young man unwillingly becomes embroiled in a terrorist plot in Cavite, a low-budget digital video project from Filipino-American co-writers/co-directors Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana. The film, shot with a jittery hand-held camera that is almost constantly in motion, opens with a panic-stricken man bringing a bomb onto a Manila bus, then cuts to San Diego, where Adam (Gamazon) is working nights as a security guard and seems to be wasting his life away before he gets a call from his mother in the Philippines, telling him he needs to come home. He's sent off by a protracted… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its herky-jerky camcorder style, jump-cut editing and sustained takes soon wear out their welcome."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Cavite...will probably be cited in years to come as a classic example of the post-9/11 action thriller"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"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."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"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."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Brent Simon, Now Playing Magazine
"...there's...a certain unseemliness to the endeavor that is difficult to dismiss."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"This is by no means a polished film. But it has an energy lacking in thrillers that cost hundreds times more to make."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"A microbudget exercise in sensory overload that leaves you sick on all sorts of levels."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A harrowing but ultimately empty indie political thriller about Muslim terrorists."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"... cunning meditation on the birthing grounds of religious extremism ..."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
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