Its herky-jerky camcorder style, jump-cut editing and sustained takes soon wear out their welcome. full review
This is by no means a polished film. But it has an energy lacking in thrillers that cost hundreds times more to make. full review
Though the film seldom deviates from its thriller format, Gamazon and Dela Llana astutely weave in matters of political, cultural and religious importance, elevating Cavite well above mere genre. full review
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. full review
A microbudget exercise in sensory overload that leaves you sick on all sorts of levels. full review
Enhanced by the you-are-there immediacy of a hand-held digital camera, Cavite works up a visceral potency that overleaps the credibility gaps in the omniscient-terrorist device. full review
A last act full of reversals would have filled in the holes in Cavite.
The hand-held camera work gives the film an effective documentary pulse, but it adds up to only half a movie. full review
Cavite was shot on a microbudget, and that turns out to be a plus. After so many overproduced blockbusters this season, it's nice to see a movie that's lean and mean. full review
Terrorism and cultural identity are only two of the themes wound into a tight knot of fear and bewilderment in Cavite, a gripping no-budget political thriller.
A paragon of guerrilla resourcefulness and a model citizen of the global village, Cavite is a more anxious and vivid experience than most movies with budgets literally a thousand times bigger. full review
For a guerrilla-style, no-budget Yank indie to even tackle issues of jihad terror and naive Western thinking is noteworthy in itself, but Gamazon and Dela Llana inflame the issues with a gutsy, athletic filmmaking package. full review
Guerilla filmmaking at its finest.