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Surveillance (I) (2008)

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Two FBI agents attempt to clarify the murders occurring in a desolate region. They approach the witnesses of the latest incident with the help of the local police. All of them hide something and all have wildly different stories to tell.

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Grocery Man
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Officer Degrasso
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Officer Jack Bennett
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Bobbi Prescott
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Drug Dealer (as D.R. Haney)
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Elaine Meyer
Angela Lamarsh ...
Maid
Gerald Lenton-Young ...
Coroner (as Gerald Layton-Young)
Jennifer Miles ...
TV Reporter
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Johnny
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Storyline

Grisly murders occur in a small town. Two FBI agents arrive, set up their cameras in three interview rooms, and set up interviews of three survivors: a girl of about nine, a foul-mouthed cop with a bandaged hand, and a young woman of about 20 who uses drugs. Each tells their story as the male FBI agent listens and watches from a separate room: the girl draws for and talks to the female agent, the local chief interviews the injured cop, and two officers interview the young woman. As they tell their stories, some of which are inaccurate and self-serving, we see what actually happened the day before. Can the agents or anyone else put the pieces together? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use and a scene of aberrant sexuality | See all certifications »

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31 July 2008 (Germany)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,590 (USA) (26 June 2009)

Gross:

$25,352 (USA) (24 July 2009)
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Trivia

According to Jennifer Chambers Lynch, the film was originally about witches. See more »

Goofs

The closing credits state that the cast is listed in alphabetical order, but Daryl Haney's name is listed after Kent Harper, Michael Ironside, and Pell James (despite the fact that it precedes all of them alphabetically). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elizabeth Anderson: You're never going to sleep again.
Sam Hallaway: That's the point.
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Referenced in Surveillance: The Watched Are Watching (2009) See more »

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Composed by J. David Taylor (as David j Taylor)
Performed by J. David Taylor (as David j Taylor)
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Edge-of-Seat Thriller
18 October 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A good thriller is my favorite genre and I was hooked into this film within the first few seconds and stayed involved for the entire ride. It kept me guessing throughout. The contrast between eerie cop shop and stark, beautiful prairies is a stylish treat for the eyes. The performances are believable and compelling. Well cast, without exception. The little girl is surprisingly good. Her even performance made me wonder about what had happened to her and drew me into the story. When she wasn't on screen, I worried about her safety. The ending is a clever, eerie choice. I was taken completely by surprise and I usually predict a telegraphed ending a mile away. In this case, any other choice would be a cop-out (pardon the pun). I was glad that the director resisted the temptation for a blood-fest. It could have gone much further in that vein. Instead the tension relied upon intelligent visual storytelling. Kudos to everyone involved. I thoroughly enjoyed this film.


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