An airport implies that he is arriving on business. This is typical of a thriller as thrillers are set in normal places where everyday people go. Starts off in an airport which is very busy. Location.
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This is typical of a thriller as thrillers are set in normal places where everyday people go
Starts off in an airport which is very busy
Vincent’s clothes imply he is a businessman and might have some money. The sunglasses imply that he is hiding something as we cannot see his eyes and the emotion in them. His suit looks very well made which could imply he is quite wealthy
Vincent wears a grey suit and sunglasses
Max is wearing a T-shirt and jacket. He is dressed casually and wearing dull colours.
The next location a taxi rank which is also a mechanics
Max’s clothes are very casual and could show he is of a lower class
This shows Max’s place of work. We can tell he works there by his nature and relationship with other employees.
In the taxi rank, the lighting is still very dull, but there is lots of bright yellow
The bright yellow is used to represent the yellow taxi’s used in America, so it helps the audience to determine the location of the film
The lighting is very natural but looks a bit dull. It has also been de-saturated.
The de-saturated dull lighting is very typical of thrillers, as it makes the atmosphere seem dull, dreary and sinister
The natural bright lighting tells us that its daytime
The photograph implies the Max is not happy with his job and that he dreams of better things
Max’s glasses could imply that he is intelligent
Max’s body language could show that he keeps himself to himself and doesn’t fit in.
Vincent walks very slowly which makes him appear confident and also makes him stand out from the crowd.
Max is quite closed up and is hunched over. He doesn’t socialise with anyone
Photograph of island
Both the newspaper and briefcase imply that the main characters are businessmen. Businessmen in thrillers are very common. The briefcase adds to the action as we are not aware what is in it. It is likely to play a vital part in the storyline as there is a focus on it, and the suitcases are swapped.
Collateral Textual Analysis
Tilt from crossword to Max
Low angle shot of Max’s bag
This identifies max as the crossword user and shows more detail
which makes the bag look important
Show’s Vincent and his surroundings. He stands out from the rest of the crowd as he is not blurred and the focus in drawn to him which shows he is the main character
Unconventionally they have used close ups instead of an establishing shot to start the opening title sequence and to give details away
Shows the important of his job and the taxi rank
Emphasizes Vincent’s glasses which portray he is hiding something
Close up of the details of cars and newspapers
Establishing shot of taxi rank
Long shot of Vincent walking within the crowd whilst at the airport
Associated point of view shot, just behind Vincent when he is walking away with the briefcase
Close up of Vincent’s face as he is walking.
Collateral Textual Analysis
Close up of the briefcase
As what he is looking at is blurred, this shot makes us focus on the side of his face. We get a view of Vincent but not a full view so there are still questions unanswered. Its an unconventional associated point of view shot.
Shows that the briefcase has some important to the plot
Medium close up (two shot) of Vincent and other man.
This shot allows us to see their facial expression clearly and how they react to each other, from this we can see they clearly know each other
Close ups of Max cleaning his taxi
Shows the details of him cleaning and shows that this is an important part of his character.
The bag falling onto the floor can be heard very clearly which implies the bag is of great importance
Help create the equilibrium as sounds are natural and relate to airport
Music is fast paced to match Vincent’s fast paced walk
You hear the men bang into each other and the bag fall to the floor
Diegetic sounds (natural ambient airport sounds) rustling, tannoy, moving around and footsteps. (Footsteps of Vincent are much louder)
Airport sounds very echoic which shows it is a big space.
Non-diegetic sounds – Music starts as Vincent walks away (fast paced). Then it slows down as the scene moves to the taxi rank
We can hear Max’s footsteps are very slow and Vincent’s are very fast. Both of these footsteps say something different about their character. For example Max is more relaxed.
Collateral Textual Analysis
Dialogue exchanged. ‘You OK?’ ‘Yeah I’m fine mate’
Can hear Max put his bag down
The language used implies they have a relationship of some sort
At the taxi rank, diegetic sounds from machinery, TV and people on the phone. Seems a more natural and relaxed environment
We can also hear diegetic sounds from Max. (From the spray cleaning his car)
As we can hear Max put his down similarly to at the beginning when Vincent does, this implies that both these bags have great importance
When max shuts his taxi door, the volume gets quieter and almost pauses.
This implies that Max is in his own world within his taxi and he is closed away from the busy environment of the taxi rank
This shows a lot about Max’s character which is probably why its heard above the music