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It was supposed to be the safest room in the house.
Trapped in their New York brownstone's panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, newly divorced Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her young daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders - Burnham (Forest Whitaker), Raoul (Dwight Yoakam) and Junior (Jared Leto) - during a brutal home invasion. But the room itself is the focal point because what the intruders really want is inside it.
From the director of Se7en & Fight Club, Panic Room arrives as another intensely gripping, nail-biting & edge-of-the-seat experience from David Fincher which further solidifies his position as one of the modern masters of thrillers, and beautifully balances its style with substance to succeed as one of the most captivating, entertaining & satisfying works of Fincher's career.
Set in New York City, the story of Panic Room concerns a recently divorced mother & her 11-year old daughter who purchase a new house which comes equipped with a safe room in case the security is breached. But on the very first night, three burglars break into their house in search for a missing fortune which is present in the very room where the two ladies…
I've never seen a single second of any of the Twilight movies. And I already know Kristen Stewart is 10x better in this, than she was in any of those movies.
I think few people give Panic Room the credit it deserves. The production design is a state-of-the-art masterpiece.
Looking through the background material for this film, it's impossible not to be impressed. For instance, the previsualization process was at the time the most thorough in movie history. Previz can best be described as an animated storyboard, and has never been used to this extent. In fact, with a few omissions in the opening and the end of the film, a complete animated version of the film exists.
The sets were constructed in their entirety at a Los Angeles soundstage («There is no house»). The way these sets are constructed are so meticulously planned that Fincher wore out an entire crew…
You won’t easily find another movie that is equally well shot, yet as average regarding every other aspect. Aesthetically, it is clearly a David Fincher flick, but as a viewer you are awaiting a Fincher-esque surprise to come. But it won’t. Frustrating, especially with all the foreshadowing that is going on here - “that automatically closing steel door is dangerous!” / “oh, but it has laser sensors that will keep it from shutting if something is stuck in-between, but only like twenty centimetres from the floor and the doorpost.” Hmmmm, will something or someone get stuck in-between, because it isn’t interrupting one of the two laser sensors? Will it? It is a bit of a lousy effort for such a brilliant filmmaker and that is noticed in the absence of a real heart to the story.
Panic Room, even with a multitude of flaws, is massively entertaining. It was one of the last Fincher films that I had to see, and when I found it on Netflix Instant; I happily dove into another dark and dreary Fincher Film.
Panic Room stars Jodie Foster as a separated wife and mother moving into a new house. In their first night spending the night, with many boxes left unpacked, a group of intruders enter; unaware that anyone has moved in.
That's all I'm going to say, because the rest is best left for your discovery. I couldn't imagine seeing this in a packed house on opening weekend, It would've been nuts. Basically, the film is tense. Really, really, REALLY…
It has been a while since the last time I laid eyes on Panic Room, and as a Fincher enthusiast I have always deemed it an effective yet lesser piece of his filmography. While this remains true, it is more a compliment to the rest of his work than an insult to this film, because Panic Room is a stylish and flat out entertaining exercise in the importance of utilizing setting and cinematography to build tension.
On the surface, Panic Room really is nothing special, a home invasion film that plays by some predictable rules like using a child to tug at the heartstrings and raise the stakes, a film that features flat and uninspired archetype villain characters, starting with…
Fincher's riff on Hitchcock.
Jodie Foster is the recently divorced mother to Kristen Stewart's smart ass daughter. Dwight Yoakam, Forrest Whitaker, and Jared Leto are the three criminals who try to rob the wrong house. What could possibly go wrong?
Fincher is flexing his darkness on a one setting story. Building tension with every twist and turn. Featuring a great score from Howard Shore. The movie builds up so much, that the ending can't help but be crowd-pleasing. This is a B Movie done at A movie levels.
A Hitchcock wannabe. Not one of Fincher's best. The style and cool, elaborate shots are there, but I don't think there's enough of a story to sustain its almost 2-hour runtime.
Fincher's style is amazing.
Please Sony, put this on blu-ray.
Tense and stylish - pure entertainment.
This is a simple premise handled with talent and care and it works incredibly well. It's one of those movies that I find hard to stop watching - right from the grand opening credits it pulls you in and quickly begins turning the screws.
The production had such a hard time, but somehow it doesn't show any of the strain. The lead actor (Nicole Kidman) dropped out before shooting due to an injury on another film (she appears in the movie as the voice on the phone when Foster dials her ex-husband's home), Jodie Foster stepped in and then immediately became pregnant. While shooting, the large set they had built flooded and was wrecked.…
La única película de Fincher que me faltaba por ver, se nota visual y temáticamente que aun mas cerca de Seven y The Game que de ese brillante cronista de nuestros tiempos que se ha vuelto. Cine comercial de calidad, un thriller sólido, entretenido y sobre todo bien actuado (Foster, Stewart, Whitaker y Leto están geniales).
Minor Fincher, for sure.
But damn, this movie is well written, directed, acted, and you can't beat the pace. I know some people don't like the long-take and it's a bit too showy, but it's also really well-done.
An exercise in the craft that includes a bit too many 'look at me' camera movements (why exactly am I supposed to care that the camera just went through a keyhole?), but is ultimately redeemed by Jodie Foster's cleavage.
jodie foster is in this and so is kristen stewart. need i say more?
Nota = 8
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