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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…
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…
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…
Even though I don't like Jodie Foster OR Kristen Stewart, I still enjoyed this thriller immensely. Yes, a lot of what's happening is kind of under the Murphy's Law category of "everything bad that could happen, will happen", but it's all so masterfully directed by Fincher that I barely noticed. R-Rated Home Alone with a psychotic twist! By the way, after seeing his performance here, Jared Leto is perfect casting for the Joker in Suicide Squad.
Beautifully shot. Simple but fascinating story line
Are we sure Kristen Stewart is not a boy? Either way, loved the camerawork by Fincher once again. Always such a pleasure.
I watched this as research for a story idea that needed suspense in a confined space. So there’s the background for these notes:
Give us a reason NOT to want bad things to happen to these people: recent divorce, mom’s trying but the daughter is prickly, etc. Give us a trainwreck we hate to see approaching, even if deep down we know it’ll be okay in the end.
The nightmare of not being in the same place as you kids when bad things go down is primal - think earthquakes, home invasion, etc.
Give disadvantages to the protagonist(s): Mom leaves her glasses on the nightstand, she had too much wine, claustrophobia, daughter’s hypoglycemic.
Make it intractable: “What we want is…
Very old school and diluted Fincher but given the intimacy of the story preferable and definitely more fitting than his more overt style. Some incredible panning shots and a set that works perfectly to capture the tense mood and isolation, as well as some fantastic Hitchcock-ian throwbacks. Jodie Foster is nuanced and incredible, as is Kristen Stewart who's performance is a great example of the bandwagoning nature of most criticism against her. (Lack of range does not a bad actor make!). Even on a second or third watch this remains tense as hell.
First time I watched this I was eating Burger King chicken tenders, oh man they were good.
Fincher's meh movie for me. I watched it, I found Stewart's trademark mumbling incoherence worked really well for a character lapsing into a Diabetic coma. (I actually find her more endearing than apparently anyone else for that very reason but anyway)...
An okay movie. Just not a standout one of his.
With Fincher wringing a ridiculous amount of tension out of the film's premise and Foster turning in an excellent performance, "Panic Room" amounts to more than the average home-invasion flick.
Let's give some credit to the unsung artisans responsible for setting the mood at the beginning of a film, or…
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