Cavite (2006)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 26, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A gritty, low-budget thriller, Cavite takes us on a heart-pounding ride through the seedy Filipino underworld.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Its herky-jerky camcorder style, jump-cut editing and sustained takes soon wear out their welcome.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

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.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

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.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine

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.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

This is by no means a polished film. But it has an energy lacking in thrillers that cost hundreds times more to make.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

A microbudget exercise in sensory overload that leaves you sick on all sorts of levels.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A harrowing but ultimately empty indie political thriller about Muslim terrorists.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In "Cavite," Adam(Ian Gamazon, who made this film with Neill Dela Llana), 32, works as a security guard in San Diego when he gets the call to return… More