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…
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.
D-Finch moves the camera beautifully through a flawless set populated by brilliant actors performing an ingenious story. It's basically what Hitchcock would be producing in 2002, if he could have been.
A story that is too cut and dry for Fincher coupled with indulgent camera work makes for an interesting (albeit enjoyable) experience.
Kristen Stewart's performance is a revelation; not since Hillary Swank in Boys Don't Cry has a female so convincingly played a boy.
A very dramatic version of home alone.
Perfectly serviceable thriller, and definitely minor Fincher, but even minor Fincher is good fun.
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- Near Dark
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- 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…
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Let's give some credit to the unsung artisans responsible for setting the mood at the beginning of a film, or…