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  • Summary: In the town of Cavite, Philippines, people will do just about anything to survive. This is the harsh reality for many Filipinos living in a poverty stricken nation. Adam, an American citizen visiting his home country for his father's funeral, soon realizes this when he arrives at the Philippines Airport and receives a phone call from an anonymous caller letting him know that his mother and sister have been kidnapped and will be killed if he doesn't comply with his demands. Helpless and alone in a country he barely knows he must submit himself to the fanatic's every wish or face the consequences. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 89
    Cavite isn't a horror film, per se – its nightmarish sense of unreality is thoroughly grounded in the geopolitical here and now – but the emotions it conjures from the audience can be traced straight back to Shockers 101.
  2. It's all something of a stunt - "Speed" on a shoestring - but very well done.
  3. 80
    Cavite is such a shrewd melding of form and content that any seeming contradictions and shortcomings end up working to the film's advantage.
  4. A textbook example of seat-of-the-pants guerrilla filmmaking.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    As you stagger out of the theater after 78 breathless minutes of Gamazon and Dela Llana's electrifying location shooting and disquieting insights into Christian-Islamic tensions, you may well feel that your eyes have been opened too.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    There is more style here than story, but the style - slashing cuts delivered in queasy orange sunstroke tones, accompanied by the urgent bleat of the cellphone - is considerable.
  7. 25
    The only rational explanation for how an abysmal no-budget film like Cavite could get released theatrically is that its makers, co-writer/directors Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana, have come up with a from-the-headlines hook too big to deny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Bex
    Aug 6, 2006
    Excellent story-telling and editing. The movie also gives you a real feel for the not-so-pretty side of the Philippines is like.
  2. KateyN.
    May 29, 2006
    for what it cost to make, the pleasure/budget ratio is better than most summer movies so far.
  3. AgentCB
    Jul 13, 2006
    stunning visuals of true life in the philippines. i'd give it a 10 but i got nauseous because of the handycams.
  4. KeithW.
    May 28, 2006
    I saw this movie in LA and was impressed. Forget the X-Men and treat yourself to real filmmaking.
  5. MaciekK.
    May 29, 2006
    I just saw the film in LA tonight. It was a much better thriller than the Da Vinci Code which I saw last night. It's a compelling film, despite the flaws the reviews posted here mention. How many films give voice to such extreme points of view and shed light on a world most of us know so little nor care to acknowledtge. It is a remarkable blend of a thriller storyline with revelations of a greater and very disturbing reality. An eye-opener indeed! Collapse
  6. JasonT.
    May 23, 2006
    A true indie worth checking out. Don't expect a production value like today's other "indie" films but do expect a twisting, 24-like adventure with real passion behind the filmmaking. Great score also. I saw it at SXSW a year or two ago and really enjoyed it. I really want to see their first film but can't find it. Expand
  7. PaulH.
    May 29, 2006
    Shaky-Cam travelogue through filthiest parts of the country. Lots of shoe leather. Fell asleep, left after 40 minutes. Acting nowhere to be found.

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