'Surveillance' Review By John M

A good movie that ultimately was a let down.
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
Surveillance, a direct to DVD movie had potential to be very good. A good cast of actors with Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman, Michael Ironside and even French Stewart. It was produced by David Lynch, the man who did Lost Highway, Mulholland Dr., Twin Peaks, Dune, among others. It was even directed by his daughter.

So you would this this movie would be a good suspense thriller. And at first it was. With three different serial killer survivors points of view and the FBI and police trying to figure out what happened. There are essentially two movies here. The first two thirds which is riveting and very well done, and a big surprise you don't see coming unless you pay attention. That's where things quickly go down hill from there the plot holes and how the writers try to fill them are terrible. Which brings out the other flaws of the movie you didn't notice before.

For example how incompetent they portray the police in this movie. I'm willing to except the police will miss some stuff they do in real life, but this kind of incompetents is only found in comedies like police academy. I would go on but I don't want to give away the twist.

The acting was very well done by the actors above. I've always liked Michael Ironside from his early works in V, Top Gun, SeaQuest DSV to The Perfect Storm, Splinter Cell(Voice of Sam Fisher), and Terminator Salvation. Sure he can't carry a film, but he is a very good actor who is always great as a supporting actor in virtually ever thing he does.

The directing by Jennifer Chambers Lynch was decently done, but could have been much better.

The action/visuals were pretty good since they obviously didn't have that big a budget for this film, and they did a good job.

Overall a decent suspense/thriller, but don't be surprised if you are let down by the final act.

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Comments (1)

  1. 313td

    Guess I missed this one.Maybe I will look for it next time I'm in Blockbusters.

    6 years agoby @313tdFlag