Rear Window meets Taxi Driver in a searing British urban drama
And what might have been a low-budget throwaway is enlivened by sharp writing, a deep understanding of guilt and redemption, and a sensational central performance by David Gyasi.
Gyasi – a name to be closely watched – is music journalist Andrew who, while too scared to leave his London flat after being beaten up, is forced to confront his agoraphobia when a neighbour is spotted being attacked. Turning detective, he uncovers a conspiracy among the Oriental underworld, played out among the over-lit stairways of north London.
Brit films are often stymied by low budgets, but Panic’s tiny outlay works in its favour as we’re forced to confront Andrew’s condition and its stifling claustrophobia.
Here’s a hero we can root for without ever being fully
sure of what he’s about. The dialogue is also razor sharp.