Easy to underrate because, after Fight Club made him idolized by suburbanites going through their anarchy phase, Fincher switched and went the pure genre route. But no one who values Hitchcock should miss it: it evokes 50s Hitch from the opening credits, then toys with what the Master of Suspense might have been able to do with a digital bag of tricks. Leanly plotted, visually marvelous. Good, clean, dark fun.
Fincher's obsession with the violation of cinematic space reaches its apotheosis with Panic Room. The restless camera, which only distracted in Fight Club, here is used to sublime effect. Darting impossibly through walls, floors, handles, pillars and key holes, the digitally-enhanced camera mimics and comments upon the literal violation of the space of the house by the three burglars.
Promising first and second act and then it fell down to the most disappointed third act. Jodie Foster was a heroine as usual as you could imagine of her but Forest Withaker took sympathy from beginning to the end : more than her or anything else. So, yeah, bad conclusion.
It's just me. Thrillers don't thrill me. I get the idea, but it gets tiring to be toyed with for more than 30 min. If there is no real purpose, it's not interesting, for me. Did watch it to the end, because Fincher does it a little better than the average. But it was excrutiating. Boring, a little suprise, sadistic, boring, oops. Hard to see any point. And far from fun. That's why Funny Games makes a lot of sense.