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.
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.
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…
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…
"- 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 first rule of Panic Room is you get the fuck in the Panic Room! Wait, sorry my head is still in the wrong film. This is the follow up to David Fincher's Fight Club and it could be more different, or more disposable. Panic Room is a high concept thriller set primarily in one location but still feels like the most generic and mainstream of Fincher's films. But despite feeling like a backwards step after Fight Club from a conceptual point of view, much in the way The Game felt after such a masterpiece as Se7en, Panic Room is still a highly entertaining film full of tension and smart set pieces. Not just that but from a technical point…
A lesser Fincher effort. The tense moments are terrific, but the spaces between those moments are long and dull.
Two hours of fancy camera work and Dwight Yoakam looking like the Penguin.
Too bad the writing and the characters fall flat because the setup is pure genius. Also I hate "good guy" criminals...way too predictable.
And yet another movie to prove that you shouldn't piss off Jodie Foster. Some of these scenes were so well done and I really enjoyed them. But I can already tell this is going to give me nightmares.
Mostly a nice movie, but Kristen Stewart with her "always same expression" is very annoying for me
Inspired Camera work coupled with the VFX.
The story was gripping, the tension well played and the characters were thoroughly believable.
Truth be told, not a lot of soul searching film but a lot of intense action and fun to be had.
Un thriller que funciona de una manera muy efectiva, pero eso es todo lo que puede ofrecer, es decir, no se puede ver esta película esperando una obra maestra, sino una experiencia bastante asfixiante y que te haga pensar: ¿Qué harías si esto llegara a pasar?, entonces es ahí que la película se hace entretenida y por eso me ha terminado gustando a pesar de todo. En esta igual está presente la magnífica dirección de David Fincher y esos movimientos de cámaras tan increíbles que siempre encontramos en su filmografía.
"My room! definitely my room!"
Found myself in the mood for a simple, tense thriller on Sunday afternoon. Flicked through my Sky planner to see what I had sitting around and remembered that I still had Fincher's Panic Room ready and waiting.
Whilst Forest Whittaker, Jared Leto, Kristen Stewart, Dwight Yoakam and of course Jodie Foster are all very good, it rather annoyingly lacked the tension that I hoped it would have. For a home invasion movie, it sure did feel a bit flat and uneventful. Especially in the opening 20 minutes which drag on and on. There didn't seem to be a great deal of friction in the mother/daughter relationship, the health concern angle was particularly lame and the ending a load of contrived…
Fincher takes this baby back to good old-fashioned entertainment, creating a violent chess match between a mother and three burglars.
Meg (Foster) and her daughter (Stewart) move to a new, huge house with a "Panic Room," i.e. a human safe. So when inept crooks come to get some hidden money, Meg and her diabetic daughter lock themselves into this impenetrable fortress.
What follows are thwarted attempts to smoke them out and a strategy to get in. It's pretty tense, mostly due to Yoakam's insane hood character.
There are some good set-pieces of violence and action, well-directed by Fincher, but when all is said and done, it's an action flick, and a pretty standard one. There are no deeper meanings or message, no subtexts, and none of Fincher's usual subversions. That isn't all bad, but considering where Fincher headed afterward, this was clearly a step backward.
Pedestrian thriller from a director I've come to expect more from. Dwight Yoakam is surprisingly good, Jared Leto surprisingly average. 2.5 stars + 0.5 star for "roving camera" and (spoiler) you have to like Yoakam picking up his severed fingers.
- The Hunger
- Fright Night
- Near Dark
- The Lost Boys
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- One from the Heart
- Ed Wood
- Napoleon Dynamite
- Fahrenheit 451
Let's give some credit to the unsung artisans responsible for setting the mood at the beginning of a film, or…
- North by Northwest
- The Birds
This list was inspired by a conversation on the March 2nd/9th editions of Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's film review, where…