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A movie directed by Fritz Kiersch

Armand Assante stars as a psychotic mall security guard in this murderous thriller, which was directed by Fritz Kiersch (CHILDREN OF THE CORN, TUFF TURF).

Director: Fritz Kiersch
Release Date: 2005
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Surveillance

Surveillance - 2006

  • Jan 30, 2010
Pros: Armand Assante

Cons: none glaring

The Bottom Line:
“Why you keep on surveillance
Why you watching all the time
Through the night”
~performed by Wynter Gordon

I like a movie where the main character goes a little bit insane, especially with no reasoning offered. That is exactly what director Fritz Kiersch gives us in Surveillance, written by David Golden. The human mind is a devious creature and can conjure up deeds more foul than any CGI animation could ever offer.

Harley is a strange dude. He sits holed up in a little room all day, staring at security cameras in the local mall. Who wouldn’t go a little insane under these conditions? Of course it is hinted later on that Harley had some dark areas in his past that could have led to his going bonkers. He is a tad bit sadistic and totally unbalanced so the little blurbs he sees rolling across his monitors offers him perfect opportunities for a little blackmail and, yes, even murder.

Harley is complete possessive of the mall. It is “his” mall and “his” merchandise they are stealing. He lurks up there, watching his domain, like a greedy shark waiting for its next meal. his perfect environment becomes undone when Dennis is hired to help him out. Seems Dennis is a first time offender and to avoid jail he has to put in 120 days of labor. Naturally I question the idea that they assign an offender to the security department, but who am I to question?

When this start to unravel, Dennis and boss woman Claire end up in Harley’s special room in the basement of the mall and discover what real terror can become.

But don’t get me wrong, this is far from a spectacular movie. Had it not been for the acting by Armand Assante as the deranged Harley, I would have totally blowed it off. And, by the way, when did he get old? Dang. Despite his crew cut, weight gain, and wrinkles, there is just something delicious about watching an actor walk on the dark side. None of that swagger from his old gangster roles, just demented madness.

Nick Cornish played the part of Dennis and was acceptable. The thing that really made the entire movie unbelievable was in this huge mall there are only the two as security personnel. In fact, until Dennis showed up, there was only Harley. No floor walkers, just a guy watching monitors and devising insane plots.

The movie is rated R for language, which I can’t remember as off color, and violence. That eyeball vacuum sucking thing was pretty gross. No awards, no DVD extras. It does have its fair share of suspense and it did keep your attention but if you can avoid the last 5-10 minutes you will be a happier person. Horrible ending, ruined the whole experience for me.

Just gives me one more reason to avoid security cameras.



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