Neo Noir Research- Panic Room

Panic Room (2002)

  • Tension
  • Suspense
  • Violence
  • Dark Surroundings
  • Isolation
  • Entrapment
  • Good vs evil
  • Dark large house
  • Tense music
  • Foregrounded sound
  • Fast edits
  • Colour film- newer
  • Shadows
  • Gangster feel

In Panic room classic film noir characteristics are modernized, for example the lighting was in colour which was used as the technology had progressed. In most scenes a dark atmosphere was used to represent the theme of the film and to show the dark things happening to them.

At the beginning of the film the scenes are lighter and then gradually get darker, this shows that the bad men have an influence on them. A light was used to highlight the characters characteristics and the contrast between light and dark could mirror the two sides of personalities the characters have.  The film also uses some classic qualities of film noir as they use the theme of  violence and crime.

The setting of the film is set in a large dark house which creates a sense of isolation in which the characters are trapped inside. This keeps the audience on edge. The lighting in the film is very dark which mirrors the dark personality of the characters and of the scenes.

Panic Room has a lot of violence and crime which is a classic noir quality. The characters in the film are quiet and brave this makes the audience feel like they are scared and feel tense which makes them feel scared for them. This makes the audience want to watch on and find out what happens. The theme of this film is noir thriller with some use of violence and criminal activity. Its set in America which is a perfect setting for a gangster style noir to be set. This is 1/5 noir research  that I have done.

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