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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
"- 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.
This enjoyable B-movie from David Fincher sees Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart as the mother and daughter who become targets of three burglars during their first night in a house that's far too big for them. Wisely, and as the title would suggest, they retreat to the house's panic room, from which they defend themselves against Forest Whittaker, Jared Leto and Dwight Yoakam.
Whilst it's slightly disappointing to see David Fincher making something quite so obviously mainstream, it cannot be denied that Panic Room is a taut, solidly entertaining home invasion thriller with moments of genuine suspense. His fingerprints are all over it, from the murky cinematography to his penchant for CGI and ambitious tracking shots. Though the film takes…
The movie to watch in case you've ever found yourself wanting to watch "Home Alone" directed by David Fincher.
While Panic Room doesn't have that classic unexpected Fincher plot-twist that we've all come to know and (funnily enough) expect, it's still a damn good film and a staple in the home invasion genre. Also, the film features entertaining performances from Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakam, and a young Kristen Stewart.
I do think the last act of the film is kinda mediocre and the editing can be a bit dated at points, but overall it's a solid thriller with some fun scenes and an entertaining cast.
Loved this film, I was glad Forest Whitaker was shown with heart of gold, loved the thrill of this film, loved the cinematography, and editing. David Fincher really brings us something we have always loved to watch!
Fincher sacándose la chorra en interiores.
It says something about David Fincher that his worst film is one of the best in it's genre.
Fun and entertaining thriller.
Plot Contrivances and Inept Criminals: The Movie. It's really glaring how many contrivances there are. This movie isn't so much about the characters driving the narrative, as opposed to the contrivances driving the characters. Their reactions don't feel based in any kind of genuine realm here. They serve the predictable plot, which is why the tension just barely materializes from time to time. And these criminals are so ill-prepared that it's a little bit on the ridiculous side. Clearly their ineptitude is a way for Foster's character to conveniently react. On the plus side, the techs are off-the-charts. This really is some of Fincher's finest work behind the camera. Although that can basically be said about all of his movies.…
Minor Fincher is minor Fincher is Panic Room.
Still, it has it's nice moments (Jodie Foster's tense discussion with the two policemen in the middle of the night springs to mind).
But minor Fincher.
Watched with Rachel.
- The Hunger
- Fright Night
- Near Dark
- The Lost Boys
- 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…
- 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…