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Cavite (2005)

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Flying back to his home country, an American man is informed that his mother and sister have been kidnapped and will be killed if he doesn't comply with certain demands.

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Cast overview:
Ian Gamazon ...
Adam
Edwin Lagda ...
Running Man - Adam's Dad / Alleyway Victim
Edgar Tancangco ...
Adam's Father
Norma Tancangco ...
Adam's Mother
Quynn Ton ...
Little Sister
Mariza Levario ...
Arguing Voice (voice)
Neill Dela Llana ...
Arguing Voice / Alleyway Assassin
Dominique Gonzalez ...
Dana
Ryan Lagda ...
Little Boy Thief / Kidnapped Kid
Nestor B. Casilis ...
Terrorist with Gun
Rico V. Lagda ...
Kidnapped Kid
Robert Sanque ...
Thug in Bathroom
Joven F. Abrenica ...
Thug in Bathroom
Solita R. Nadal ...
Woman on Cell Phone
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Adam, a security guard, travels from California to the Philippines, his native land, for his father's funeral. He arrives in Manila. As he waits, a phone rings in his backpack; he answers it, and a male voice tells him that his mother and sister are captives and will be killed if Adam doesn't cooperate. Over the next hour, the voice sends Adam by bus, taxi, motorized tricycle, and on foot through an urban landscape of busy streets, cramped apartments, a fetid squatters' camp, a bank, a cockfighting arena, and a church. Adam's conversations with the voice cover murder, Islam, jihad, rebellion in Mindanao, and his family. What is it Adam will be commanded to do? Will he acquiesce? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$7,000 (estimated)

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$16,124 (USA) (26 May 2006)

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$70,071 (USA) (4 August 2006)
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An ordinary guy is trapped in a web of intrigue as he tries to save his mother and sister who have been kidnapped by terrorists.
4 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Cavite" proves that if the story is good enough, technical excellence is unimportant. Filmed on video with a crew of two, and no budget whatsoever, Cavite is a gripping, roller coaster of a ride. Called to the Philippines, a completely Americanized, young Filipino-American discovers that his mother and sister have been kidnapped. A cellphone planted in his backpack rings and he learns they are held by terrorists and he must follow every direction he is given or they will be killed. Guided by the terrorist's voice on a cellphone, what follows is a tense voyage through the underbelly of Cavite, a city in the Philippines. Although this is at its soul a thriller, by focusing on stark images of third-world poverty, the film cleverly illustrates why terrorist acts have appeal for many. Like all classic thrillers the stakes get higher and higher and the tension grows as the story moves on to its inevitable climax. Although some critics have indicated that they thought the lead actor was lacking in ability I found exactly the opposite -- he is the perfect "everyman," trapped in a situation not of his making. This is great storytelling. I saw this movie twice and recommend it highly.


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