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.
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.
A "murdery mystery thriller" in name only with more awkward pauses and tortured silences than most audiences can stand, much less for a genre film. John T. can out-perform most actors with his eyelids.
Zapruder all over again, that is to say another Blow-Up-ish thriller. Since the Kennedy assassination we did learn that a filmed image is not to be taken as a documented Truth anymore. You have to understand it, analyse it, break the code to make it speak. NWR comes late with this film hommage to a genre that Pakula masterized long ago.
I felt back in Twin Peaks, complete with kafkaesque "law enforcement agents". What is obviously missing though is the demonic vision of the deep world that made Lynch's movies so disturbing. Absent that, we are left with a psychic who-done-it and some tortured characters...
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.