If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…
It was supposed to be the safest room in the house.
This claustrophobic thriller centers on a divorcée and her daughter who are caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three burglars in their New York City brownstone, retreating to the vault-like safety of their aptly named panic room. As the intruders try to breach the room's security, the embattled duo must stay one step ahead.
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 most people don't give this film 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…
"- Nice house you guys got. Mom's rich?
- Dad's rich. Mom's just mad."
David Fincher 'Panic Room' is a by the numbers thriller, you got your regular joe's, your villains and the set-up, a big house in Manhattan.
So, what makes this film different from other thrillers? the camera work, Fincher went all out with the camera work, from continuous shots going from the 3rd floor of the house to the front door, to a shot that goes through the handle of a tea kettle, this is Fincher experimenting and playing around, and is glorious.
There is not much else I can say about 'Panic Room' is entertaining, tense when it needs to be tense, all and all is not a bad film, I mean, is David Fincher even his lesser work is still quality. By the way, the opening credits are freaking awesome.
The Directors Series-Part I: The David Fincher Retrospective
David Fincher's Panic Room is essentially a by the books home invasion thriller. What makes it not so by the books is the wonderful acting, the sleek camera work, and David Fincher's excellent direction. Is this his weakest film? Yes and no. It can appear to some as highly generic, but in the end, above all else, it's just a very well directed home invasion thriller.
A woman and her daughter move into an apartment and during their first night there, three men break into the building with the intentions of stealing a supposed $3million. The money is inside the apartment, where? inside the panic room, and once someone is inside and…
David Fincher's 2002 film, Panic Room, is clearly influenced by some classic Alfred Hitchcock thrillers and the film as a whole works very well. Tension can be found in every single scene and when it gets tense, it really gets tense and never lets you go. The story is simple and I love how Fincher gets all the exposition in the beginning out of the way fairly quickly. Performances are believable and were not annoying or unrealistic in any way, unlike most films that deal with home invasion. But, I did think that it could have been cut done and some scenes were unnecessary, so that took away from the overall experience, but not by much.
The sound design and…
David Fincher is a curious case. Visually, he is one of the more accomplished talents working today, and it seems he is getting better in that department with every film. But in terms of telling a story, it's like he doesn't care anymore.
I'll get to the Panic Room review momentarily, but I'd like to address a quote from Mr. Fincher himself regarding that film. Here is the quote:
I didn't look at "Panic Room" and think, "Wow, this is gonna set the world on fire". These are footnote movies, guilty pleasure movies. Thrillers. Woman-trapped-in-a-house movies. They're not particularly important.
This is a very telling quote, especially the last word - important. With this word in mind, look at every…
Watching this in HD for the first time tonight, I appreciated the mise-en-scene Fincher and his crew painstakingly created a great deal more. Fincher really is a master of the technical. Not his best but a well-shot thriller to settle in with.
Not a bad movie. The acting is solid and the story is fairly standard but interesting. The cinematography is really what stands out though, with awesome shots throughout. I really enjoyed this thriller.
Home invasion movies are a basic premise that can be used in a variety of ways. It can be used in a comedy like Home Alone or for a horror movie like The Strangers. This basic premise when used correctly and in new clever way can result in a great movie. That is what Panic Room delivered and what makes this a great film.
The film follows a mother and a daughter as they attempt to defend themselves in their new house. As the title suggests they must do this from the confides of a panic room. On the other side, the burglars have full control of the house but want access to the panic room. This brings a new…
Really enjoyable thriller. It's amazing how vast the space/house feels at the beginning but so intimate towards the final scenes. This really shows the calibre of a top class director. Some beautiful shots incorporating lack of sound, split frames and generated tracking shots. In terms of the story, we need to see more if this. It's bare bones in terms of plot but the character actions all seem perfectly natural within the narrative. None of the contrivance of a lot of today's blockbusters.
this is........just.............a good movie man wow "everythings going to be ok" more like everything sucks and my heart is broken thanks again david fincher
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Although Panic Room is not recognized as a very good film, I loved it. I will always love David Fincher's films, every one of them, and I do love a good old fashioned Jodie Foster thriller. The screenplay may not be outstanding, but the movie as a whole is good. The premise is interesting, the acting is good, and the direction is on point.
I was imagining that this film would in no way hold up now a decade and some change old, but it is a taught and realized thriller that shows the auteurist turns of Fincher, who was still coming of the 'wave' of Fight Club.
The slow motion sequences really drive the stakes in a couple spots. But the fade-to-blacks seem out of place.
A great thriller with fantastic performances, especially Yoakam at his creepiest. Also, like The Game and Fight Club, an interesting time capsule of its era.
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