Sunday, December 23, 2012
Panic Button (2011)
"I want to play a game", the ominous voice is familiar and with four characters locked up in a place they can't escape this can be considered slightly inspired by Saw, but Panic Button still stands on it's own two legs (or fly with it's own two wings, if you want to) and still feels quite fresh compared to some of the other Saw-rip offs flooding the markets since 2004. This is a British independent movie who quite cleverly tells a morality tale about social networking, especially Facebook - the story's version is called All2gethr, but is basically the same thing.
Here our heroes (or what to call them) wins a trip to
through the site and during six
hours they get a chance to win a lot of nice prices... if they're just honest.
And guess what, this is social networking - no one is honest. I'm sure we can
all agree on that. By answering very private question they can win cars,
tickets, everything you can wish - but soon the honesty of the anonymous game
leader creates some dangerous tension in the cabin... New York
I'm pretty sure some people can't stand this film, mostly because of some plot holes and the sheer absurdity of the set-up. But personally I find these twists good, because what I see is an escape-from-reality. I mean, I can accept Godzilla rampaging through cities without problems, so I have nothing against a film which kills Facebook-users on a private airplane over the sea. It's more or less the same thing. There's a story to be told and then there's no laws against improbable storylines. Thank Satan for that!
The best thing with Panic Button is the fine cast, which once again proves what brilliant actors the
fosters. The four leading actors, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Jack Gordon, Michael
Jibson and Elen Rhys are all excellent, very convincing. It's something about
that tradition of realistic, toned-down acting in their traditions that still
works so well (of course there's still sucky British actors, but you know what
I mean). It's about them taking the job serious that makes it work. It might be
a low-budget Saw-rip off, but they're still doing what they're paid to do. UK
How's the gore then? Not much actually. There's a blow-off head and an arm-chopping, but both of them is very fast and you can't see them properly either. It's more the ideas behind it all that makes it a bit eerie, especially what everything leads up to. Sometimes the budget shows itself with a set that looks a bit corny sometimes, a bit cheap - but if you ignore the details and enjoys the mental cat and mouse game I think you will enjoy Panic Button as much as I did.