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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…
You won’t easily find another movie that is equally well shot, yet as average regarding every other aspect. Aesthetically, it is clearly a David Fincher flick, but as a viewer you are awaiting a Fincher-esque surprise to come. But it won’t. Frustrating, especially with all the foreshadowing that is going on here - “that automatically closing steel door is dangerous!” / “oh, but it has laser sensors that will keep it from shutting if something is stuck in-between, but only like twenty centimetres from the floor and the doorpost.” Hmmmm, will something or someone get stuck in-between, because it isn’t interrupting one of the two laser sensors? Will it? It is a bit of a lousy effort for such a brilliant filmmaker and that is noticed in the absence of a real heart to the story.
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…
1. would've easily been 4 stars if not for the very last cheesy ass scene :/
2. fincher's classic panning made up for it tho
3. stop hating on kristen stewart just because u hated twilight. she's a 12 year old girl in this film!!! please chill!!!
One of David Fincher's underrated movies. Excellent suspense throughout. Why has it not been remastered for blu-ray yet?
Panic room manages to create a sense of fear and put forth a creative premise. Jared Leto is also pretty good in this movie. Unfortunately it lacks the sense of purpose and detail of other Fincher films. Not much character information or development is done. Instead it chooses to play out the scenario while leaving you in the dark about characters and their motives. However, despite these flaws, Fincher's ability to create suspense shines through in this surprisingly entertaining flick.
It will always baffle me how suspenseful a movie set in essentially one room (okay, one house) can be. Nice change of setting for Finch, showing he doesn't need flashy shizzle to show off his skills.
I still consider this the black sheep of Fincher's oeuvre - I just don't see it as being anywhere near as engaging as most of his other stuff. Even Alien 3, which obviously failed, the original idea is interesting and without interference, it'd fit nicely in his range. I guess I'm a bit hypocritical here, as the idea for this film is interesting - but the execution just is lacking for me. Maybe because there's excuses for Alien 3 I let him off?
Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate this film and you can see it's been solidly made by a talented director - the nice tracking zoom shot throughout the house is nicely done - but it's all…
Well crafted thriller from a master w an incredible sense of geography about it.
Good flick! Oh, sure, you can find holes in this one, but who cares, it was hella fun! sure there was goofy stuff that doesn't make sense and shouldn't happen, but hey, the direction, the tension, the camerawork, oh man, the camerawork! makes up for it..
Lower level Fincher flick but it still works for me....
Bad cgi overload.
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