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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…
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Review In A Nutshell:
In my most recent Se7en review, I stated that it was my first film seen from David Fincher, at an age of nine or ten, where I didn’t even know who he was. After seeing the Panic Room once again, deep and almost long forgotten feelings have come back to me, individual scenes featuring intense thrills and suspense that nostalgic excitement began to take over me throughout the film; it seems that maybe Panic Room may have been the first film that I have seen from Fincher, but I am not completely certain, as I believe I saw both films closely and specific memories…
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…
Classic Finchy tbh.
Fincher's worst film. If anyone else made this I'd probably rate it higher, but I expect a lot from him. The three intruders were such cliches. No one made decisions that made sense. I did enjoy Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart - the only likeable part of the movie.
Not fincher's greatest film but I do enjoy it overall.
I tend to forget that David Fincher made this film in between Fight Club and Zodiac. Beautifully shot and immediately recognizable as one of his works. The plot is very simple, but quite thrilling and tense in parts.
I assume that the mother and daughter are meant to be the protagonists, but I naturally don't have much sympathy for people who can casually afford a massive house in Manhattan with a panic room. Not that I dislike them or anything, but they do start in a bit of a hole. Foster does a good job, but is unfortunately not given much opportunity to develop her character and go beyond her natural charisma. Kristen Stewart is rather bland and doesn't help…
Though it's mostly generic in plot despite a good concept, David Fincher keeps "Panic Room" alive with his signature digital-age style (or, an early version of it), and the actors give good performances (great to see so many Oscar winners in one place).
I have seen this before, but I'm not sure if I saw it all the way through. I didn't appreciate it then, but I totally get it now. It doesn't deserve to be relegated to Fincher's minor works.
David Fincher is a master at composition and just being able to use dynamic visuals to not only build tension and suspense, but at helping define character relationships and information. Fincher is just a visual master, and he elevates any material he touches. This film is no different, because one could imagine how boring it could of been with a lesser director. The story itself, reminded me of a modern day Hitchcockian thriller, and had strong characters that are often missing in a type of "monster in the house" film. In Fincher's filmography this film goes overlooked I feel, but to be honest I think it's better than both of his recent films, "Gone Girl" and "Girl With The Dragon…
This home invasion is brought to you by Evian. Fincher's Fight Club follow-up finds Foster's familistery infringed upon fiendishly by Forest and friends, who furiously festinate that females are fiendish and forceful. Alliteration out of the way, Panic Room is a feisty (that's the last one I promise) little thriller that combines excellent pulp storytelling, with aqueous cinematography and some political, gritty acting. It may not be one of Fincher's greats but it is nonetheless a great film.
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