not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…
The Past Can Never Be Rewound
When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry (Turturro), prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder.
Fear X has the reputation of being a complete bomb, and considered Refn's worst effort. I guess there's some merit to that considering that less than 700 people of Letterboxd have watched it. Regardless, I don't think it's anywhere near as bad as it's regarded to be.
Fear X is not for mainstream audience, but none of Refn's work is. I've seen all of his films except Bleeder (cause I can't find it), and the last two installments of the Pusher trilogy. Overall, I think Fear X is the most accessible of the bunch. A slow mystery staring John Turturro that has shades of Lynchian and a touch of the Coen's work, although that might just be because of Turturro's…
Would make a great companion piece to Vallhalla Rising. Like Rising it's more of a mood film than narrative driven. This is his most Lynchian film by far.
Nicolas Winding Refn is my everything.
I love how Refn utilizes dead space to gradually build a sense of fear showing everything in its most abstract sense before telling us outright what it is, leading us to ultimate ruination as we no longer bother to track the film once it ultimately begins to cave in on itself.
that's my favorite poster
Wow what the heck? It's the blueprint for all those indie crime films we've seen lately like Cold In July and Blue Ruin but also services as what a film like Memento would have been with a stronger emotional core, Refn channels the minimalist filmmaking of Dreyer alongside his own refined style all combining to create one of the most nuanced and unpredictable films I've seen.
Gonna take a wild guess and say that Nicolas Winding Refn might have seen a couple of David Lynch movies at some point.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Refn's space manipulation indoors and his slow burn pace give Torturro room to navigate the mystery of his murdered wife with ease. The suspect pictures pinned to the wall and endless tape sessions create a vacuum effect that pulls you into the widowers hollowed mind. Refn even sprinkled in some killer red lighting, that would prove to be a staple in the near future.
Fear X is a spearhead film that was the first big step before achieving even bigger things to come (with a few Pusher projects in between). Note the thrilling elevator scene here, it surely fueled the superior one in Drive so it's easy to call this a building block of ideas he's toying with. "Who knows…
The sketchiness of the story, how unwilling it is to give straight answers, is Fear X's most frustrating strength, and probably to many its biggest weakness. But it's hard to fault a film for lacking things when that's its entire pretense, what we can't know. Even though I knew from the beginning I wasn't going to get the resolution this kind of story usually delivers, I was still compelled to wait and see.
Refn's style is abstracted, raw, neon, excruciatingly tense and confused. Combined with Hubert Selby Jr's downward spiral of a storyline, the nods to Lynch and Kubrick, it's a claustrophobic experience, full of womb-like hotel rooms, pixelated security footage, midwestern malls, and sweat. The decision to film in Wisconsin and Montana, for all their visual and cultural connections to Sweden, where bleak, unending landscapes match the film's exposition, and the snow covers every inch of truth underneath, only adds to the horror.
John Turturro; playing Harry Caine, once again loses his mind in a hotel, with a lift scene that is eerily reminiscent of the one in Drive.
For almost killing his career, Fear X is one of Nicolas Winding Refn's most direct films, a very interesting tonal piece laden with post 9/11 fears and paranoia.
Obscure, restrained and completely bashful, Fear X is Refn on the cusp of doing something great. I'm not surprised he hates it now, actually, since every other one of his works is brimming with bravado and confidence, leaving Fear X quivering in the corner like some sort of lost puppy. But it doesn't need to be like that, because there's some real natural talent here, with Refn expressing his own voice while staying true to his influences (the main one of which here is Lynch). There's a real sense of palpable atmosphere throughout, and it never really drops, since Turturro carries it with him through every moment; his wide, tired eyes have rarely been so intense, while Refn's obvious restraint…
Slow suspense film with detective elements.
"Fear X" takes its time in presenting the mind of a man who stop at nothing to discover the truth. With haunting imagery and a stunning performance from John Tuturro.
This is the movie that almost ruined Nicolas Winding Refn.
So yeah this movie was pretty great but halfway through a gigantic bug leaped on my shoulder and freaked me out and it took me a few minutes to get back to this
It's not as good as Drive or Only God Forgives in my opinion, but it's still a decent movie, even though I lost like all interest at the end
Somewhere between Fargo and Blue Velvet lies Fear X. I'm a big NWR fan sand somehow this had passed me by. Not his best but a decent, if slightly too short, film with a great performance by Turturro
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