This list was inspired by a conversation on the March 2nd/9th editions of Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's film review, where…
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…
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…
"- 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.
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…
I just bought my first house, finished unloading the truck, ordered pizza and instead of unpacking I just had to watch Fincher's movie about Jodie Foster and Robert Pattinson's first night in their new home in New Yoik. Happily, afterwards nobody decided that the previous owners had left millions of dollars in a safe and we were ripe for home invasion. Unpacking is a chore, even with alcohol and Panic Room is not. There's your pull quote.
After all of these years and several rewatches Panic Room still entertains, some of the CGI is showing its age and there's a lot of stupidity from every character involved somewhere along the line but as far as modern Hitchcockian thrillers go nothing…
An intense claustrophobic thriller. Fantastic.
[on loudspeaker] "Get out of my house!"
[on loud speaker] "FUCK!"
"Mom! 'Get the fuck out of my house!' "
[on loudspeaker] "Get the FUCK out of my house!"
David Fincher is one hell of director. He takes this, a fairly stock thriller, and invests it with so much atmosphere you could choke on it. Ultimately, the movie is no more than an extremely successful genre film, but that's fine with me. There is an exquisite digitally-assisted camera movement near the beginning of the film, which moves from Jodie Foster, happily sleeping in her bed, down several floors to where the three primary antagonists are probing the house, seeking a way inside. The shadowy forms try one method…
David Fincher is brilliant, and I never realized how stellar this film was when I first watched it back in 2002. The impossible cinematography and excellent use of claustrophobia is great. The biggest shocker? Not only does Kristen Stewart suffice, but she's genuinely good in this! It's as if her acting talent declined as she got into the Twilight series. I love this movie.
Probably the best home invasion movie I've ever seen. Jared Leto's performance was super over the top though.
Surprisingly little substance for a Fincher film, but even so, the amount he put into this film shows, as there's such fantastic cinematography and camera work in this film. And the way he depicts the blue propane gas is a thing of genuine magnificent beauty.
It's taken away a little by how many thrillers and horror films have copied elements from this in the years since, but it's a nice little film.
Another one that I hadn't seen in a long time. I really love the acting in this one (again) and the directing (again). Have you seen Panic Room? There's this movie called Panic Room. Panic Room. Have you seen it? I miss being friends with Ben some times.
This throwback to Hitchcock really is entertaining and it shocks me that Fincher just made this film just for cash because you can tell that he put a lot of effort into the film and it has some great visual shots in it. It has some very tense moments in this film and the reason it is so tense is because of the editing in it. Dwight has never been scarier or has acted as well as he has in this film. Fincher gets the best out of his actors and he gets nothing but the best from these.
I hadn't seen this since it was released. I had forgotten how intense this film is. Excellently acted by all the cast and perfectly directed by Fincher. It lacks the memorability of, say, Seven or Fight Club, but it's still one damn fine film.
(review written in 2009)
Part of my Rewatch List.
I heard David Fincher in an interview say that not every movie that is made needs to be a meticulously crafted masterpiece; "sometimes you make 'Panic Room.'" This attitude and mindset when viewing the movie prompted me to rewatch it as I originally dismissed it.
While I still don't really care for it I find it a lot more fun. I can't shake this feeling that this should have been the 2000's "Wait Until Dark." I think Jodie Foster kills it for me. She's too quiet and dull for this type of roll.
Alternately I wish this movie was a slapstick comedy from the robber's perspective. Leto and Whitaker arguing while listening to 30 Seconds to Mars when Leto turns off the music and says "turn that garbage off!" and there's a pause for the audience to laugh.
- North by Northwest
- The Birds
- Rear Window
- 12 Angry Men
- Panic Room
- The Breakfast Club
A few films that take place primarily in one confined setting, ratcheting up the tension and forcing characters to confront…
- 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…