Two days after watching it I forgot almost everything about that movie. What I remember: It felt like experimenting with a couple of styles which are not developed by the director himself but rather copied from others (e.g. Lynch or the Coen-Brothers). I like Refn very much and if this movie helped him finding and defining his own style then it served its purpose anyways.
5/10. The epitome of a B movie. Its climax looks like Refn is showing us a screensaver animation from Windows XP. Paranormal activities, you see! Or, Turturro's character: I felt dearly for this good man, but does he have to be so gobsmackingly unsuspicious? Oddly, this mystery thriller is suspenseful nonetheless. Feels like an otherwise fine episode of The X Files lacking Mulder & Scully.
After "Pusher" this movie is far too over-ambitious. In trying to assimilate stylistic elements of David Lynch's filmic language (and also using the similar but less sophisticated sound design of Brian Eno) Refn looses the grip on his own, very strong vocabulary (which he luckily restored and intensified in "Pusher" II & III). Nevertheless the film has its fascinating moments.
Secondo me il Refn meno bello, nonostante sia un film riuscito nel suo essere visionario (fino a consumarsi in un finale lynchiano ma forse troppo "facile"), e goda della solita benedizione tecnica del regista danese, non ha la potenza degli altri film di Refn. Turturro è sempre bravissimo, e questo personaggio folle ricorda un po' quello di Barton Fink dei Cohen.
Selby Jr. and Winding Refn make such a haunting, mysterious mix! John Turturro probably gives the most understated performance you'll see in a thriller and Brain Eno complements the image with his soundscapes quite well. What does it all mean, probably nothing. Maybe that's the point to all murder.
Refn is a very inventive director but this piece is nowhere near as good as any of his other work. That's not to say it's bad because it's not but I just feel that it slips up in a number of places which obviously changes my whole outlook on the film. It's a disappointing film but Turturro prevails over the odds and delivers a career best performance matching Barton Fink. Very good in places but lackluster in others.
Great performance from John Turturro, the movie is slow brewed psychological thriller, it sadly doesn't really take off. Refn's films have gotten better and you can pretty much tell he was on the verge of being a great director with this film. Some great visuals and nice direction.
The influence of Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch is manifest in Nicolas Winding Refn's third film. One might say that FEAR X is a bizarre film well photographed. I liked the first part of the film focusing on John Turturro's obsessional minimum life. The last part can be forgotten. It's clearly the film of a young director who still didn't know where to go exactly. A DVD zone completists. Only.