Owen Gleiberman
May 31, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cavite

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
80 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/26/06
performer
Dominique Gonzalez, Neill Dela Llana
director
Ian Gamazon, Neill Dela Llana
distributor
Truly Indie
author
Ian Gamazon, Neill Dela Llana
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an B+

One of those blistering no-budget thrillers, like Open Water or Detour, in which the film’s economy of means is the trigger for its ingenuity. In Cavite, Adam, a surly young Filipino American (he’s played by codirector Ian Gamazon), arrives in Manila to attend his father’s funeral. A cell phone rings, and suddenly he is being ordered around town by a derisive Muslim terrorist who has kidnapped his mother and sister. What follows is a breakneck inner-city odyssey of jump-cut shaky-cam suspense, as Adam, guided through the squalor of his homeland, receives a brutal lesson in the culture wars.

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