Fear X Release Date: 4 April 2003 (Denmark) Genre: Thriller Director(s): Nicolas Winding Refn (Bleeder, Pusher) Writer(s): Hubert Selby Jr. (Requiem For A Dream) & Nicolas Winding Refn Starring: John Turturro, Deborah Unger Fear X is a mixed bag if there ever was one. A psychological thriller in the vein of Quentin Tarantino and David […]

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Fear X
Release Date: 4 April 2003 (Denmark)
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Nicolas Winding Refn (Bleeder, Pusher)
Writer(s): Hubert Selby Jr. (Requiem For A Dream) & Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: John Turturro, Deborah Unger

Fear X is a mixed bag if there ever was one.

A psychological thriller in the vein of Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch films, Fear X does not resemble the other movies on this website in any significant way. Filmed in Canada for about $7 million, Fear X was intended for some kind of limited theatrical release. With it’s unconventional story telling method, great production value, and a semi-name actor as the star, a run of anywhere between ten and two hundred theatres seemed likely. That didn’t happen, though, and the director’s production company actually went bankrupt following its failure.

And when all else fails, can you direct-to-video?

The movie starts off simple enough. Mall security guard Harry (Turturro) is anguished by the recent death of his pregnant wife. Every single night he sits in front of his television pouring over a grainy security tape of the seemingly random shooting that took her and his unborn child’s lives. While most believe there is nothing Harry can do, he refuses to stop his search. A search of a neighbor’s house leads him to a sleepy motel in Montana, where the character’s past actions begin to pile up as we learn more and more about Harry’s mind.

Fear X is in no way straightforward. The entire movie is draped under a cover of vagueness, all of which begins to spill out as the finale approaches. We’re never given a concrete ending either. It’s one of those situations where the audience is left to decide what happened and what didn’t. While that strategy works for certain pictures, it sadly didn’t for Fear X. When the credits rolled, I was in no way intrigued. It was more like a slightly angry “Huh?”

Thankfully, Fear X has Robert Turturro to hold things together. Resembling an older and distraught Ray Romano, Turturro plays his depressing role with certain exuberance that is very believable. The cinematography, editing, and all that are perfectly fine as well.

Fear X just has a plot that unwinds in an unsatisfying method that just brings the movie crashing down relatively hard.

DVD: Pretty much barebones. There’s just a photo gallery.

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