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.
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.
Jodie Foster is never bad and it definitely has some great tense sequences, courtesy of Fincher's talent. But there are about five or six Fincher films I'd sooner watch, and several home invasion movies the same. The script works to serve the plot more than its leaden characters, and the premise is improbable and convenient. Popcorn nonsense, but fun. It's the sort of movie you could switch off or on at any time.
To begin with this movie was unbearably boring, but then it picks up. Then it can pass for entertainment, despite some daft scenes. I rather liked Jodie Foster once she got her grip - to begin with she's hysterical and ridiculous, but then - ta dah - a total transformation. The burglars were typical Home Alone burglars though, goofy and inept. The Home Alone flame torch scene kind of got reconstructed too.