Jennifer Chambers Lynch, also known as the daughter of much more famous David Lynch, directed this movie. After Boxing Helena, a pretty fucked up movie released back in 1993, we finally have a chance to feast on another one of her movies. Surveillance is an incredibly intense and engaging movie with a really strong cast. Another thing that will hit you is the character development that was really good. Starring European superstar Julia Ormond, none other than the president of the United States of America Mr. Bill Pullman, this is one of those thrillers where the time flies really fast. This tension, generated by the main story permeates everything and you’re feeling like every second something important is about to happen. From a technical standpoint, you can see that this is one hell of a director: innovative camera angles, professional editing and vibrant colors demonstrated this. When you have a clear vision what you want to do with a movie and appropriate skills, you can tie all these elements together into one hell of movie.
FBI agents Hallaway and Anderson are in quite the pickle. There’s a serial killer on the loose and to make matters worse, this killer is pretty smart. He’s jumping states and proving extremely difficult to catch. The seasoned detectives are not the ones to quit so they push on with that FBI determination. Their quest leads them to rural Nebraska, where three witnesses survived the meeting with the killer, but they will provide a strange account of the murders that our detectives will have to figure out…
I know a lot of you are expecting some really weird thriller with talking cockroaches and strange plot twists, but Surveillance is not a movie directed by David, but Jennifer Lynch. This is a traditional movie that has a couple of layers that await those who want to dig deeper. This is perhaps even harder to accomplish, a mainstream movie that’s fucked up just the right amount. Apart from some really nerve-wrecking scenes and a bit of horror, we can also have few laughs, enjoying in dark humor in familiar environment of FBI agents, mysterious murders and wobbly witnesses. All the while wondering who the killer is and piecing the parts of the story together. Now, that’s what I call a great movie.
Director: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Cast: Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman, Pell James, French Stewart
Fun Stuff: According to Jennifer Chambers Lynch, the film was originally about witches.