Panic Room (2002)

It was supposed to be the safest room in the house

Original Title : Panic Room
Director : David Fincher
Writer : David Koepp
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Ceán Chaffin , John S. Dorsey , Judy Hofflund , David Koepp , Gavin Polone
Music : Howard Shore
Photography : Conrad W. Hall
Darius Khondji
Distributor : Columbia Pictures [us]
MPAA Rating : Rated R for violence and language.
IMDB ID : 0258000
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Panic Room (2002) - David Fincher


ÂJodie Foster Meg Altman
ÂKristen Stewart Sarah Altman
ÂKristen Stewart Sarah Altman


This story centers around a divorced woman in her 30's and her daughter, who are caught up in a cat-and-mouse game inside their new New York brownstone when three burglars come looking for a hidden cache of cash. Mother and daughter hide in the "panic room," a secret room designed for just such a purpose, but still end up fighting for their lives...


Just OK Jodie and her diabetic daughter close themselves off in a panic room when a trio of hoodlums break in for a hidden fortune in a safe.The problem: the safe is in the panic room. It's well-acted (especially by Jodie Foster and Jared Leto), well-directed (Fincher achieves some incredible traveling shots and shots between floors and walls) and purposefully dark--but it's just average. The plot is original but, other than that, it goes through the same motions any other genre picture would go through.I saw every single plot twist coming and the constant darkness and dim lighting really gets depressing after a while.Also I never felt any urgency for the people and their situation--I was always aware I was watching a movie.And I don't like it when movies put an innocent little girl in danger. It is somewhat worth seeing for Jodie alone (with all due respect, she's a better actor than director) but she's done better movies.Ditto for director Fincher.So, I can't really recommend it, but you could do worse.
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Panic Room (2002) - David Fincher