It's superficially a nice story, but "Surveillance" doesn't really show Huang Jianxin at his best. It falls awkwardly between his two unique styles
the overt political symbolism and criticism of his early movies, and the
sardonic warmth of his later movies - and ends up being a rather flat movie which doesn't genuinely engage the audience.
Huang's wonderful eye for detail sets him above his Chinese contemporaries in almost all his movies: there are some really enjoyable scenes here, but neither the social observation nor the plot are really enough to sustain a whole film.
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