365 films in 2016: film 10 (Panic Room 2002)

panicroom06David Fincher is one of my favourite directors of all time and criminally under rated in the mainstream, His style may be overly cinematic at times but that’s what makes his films so great and awe inspiring, this is definitely the case with Panic Room, Panic Room is essentially a cat and mouse story but the way fincher introduces the characters and their personalities to you subtly as the film progresses is incredible and keeps you locked in through the entire film, you do really feel as trapped as the characters do, panic room is really good at that, maybe it’s the lack of handheld shots or a large amount of the film being shot in the Panic Room but you do sympathise with the characters a lot. The performances from Forest Whitaker and Jodie Foster totally steal the film, you really believe that Burnham is just doing what he needs to do in a time of desperation, what’s nice about the characters is you’re never given too much exposition about them, too many films fall down the trap of telling you every character’s entire life story and it just drags the film to a halt, but panic room doesn’t do that, there’s no scene where one character is telling another their backstory, instead fincher drops in small bits of exposition in conversation between the characters, you know, like you would in a real conversation. I’ve always loved Fincher’s style of directing and somehow he gets more visually interesting every time he releases something new but unfortunately that makes looking back at his older films look more dated, the cgi and swooping panning shots that go through objects kinda make the film look silly (though I’m sure they were really cool 14 years ago when panic room came out) but I can’t really fault the film for that. I’ve always said Fincher has never made a bad film (Alien 3 doesn’t count) and I still think that’s the case, Panic Room is a fantastic psychological thriller that has some great (and not so great) shots in it, I’d give it an 8/10.

In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.


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