Recently divorced Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don’t stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room. —IMDb
David Leo Fincher (born August 28, 1962) is an American music video and film director known for his dark and stylish portraits of the human experience, particularly Fight Club (film) and Se7en.
Born in Denver, Colorado, Fincher was raised in Marin County, California. He moved to Ashland, Oregon in his teens where he graduated from Ashland High School.
Inspired by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Fincher began making movies at age eight with an 8 mm camera. Filmmaking seemed the perfect outlet for a kid who could spend all day drawing and loved to make sculptures, take pictures and tape-record. Fincher eschewed the film school route, getting a job loading cameras and doing other hands-on work for John Korty’s Korty Films. He next got a job at Industrial Light and Magic in 1980 with his first screen credit being for Return of the Jedi, and stayed until 1984. He left ILM to direct a dark commercial for the American Cancer Society, a grim hint of things to come, showing… read more
In retrospect it's clear that Fincher's greatness was present long before his "mature" phase; at least as far back as 2002 he was creating some of the most dense, exactingly detailed images in all of cinema. This film stands with Rope, The Shining, Back and Forth and Wavelength as one of the great experiments in artistic self-confinement, using physical limitations as a means to focus on elemental psychology.
Maybe there's not an exploration of human condition like other Fincher films. But I must admit the unconventional use of effects and the cold tones looks great. The movie it's entertaining, and while not as deep as se7en or zodiac, this film represents a false idea of security in quite an original way. While not a masterpiece, this is one of my guilty pleasures.