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Panic Room (2002)

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An effective exercise in "confined cinema,"Panic Roomis a finely crafted thriller that ultimately transcends the thinness of its premise. David Koepp's screenplay is basicallyWait Until Darkon steroids, so director David Fincher (Seven,The … see full wiki

1 review about Panic Room (2002)

One Wild Rush

  • Oct 8, 2002
Rating:
+3
This film starring Jodie Foster as a newly estranged wife moving into a huge and rather lonely looking multi-storied brownstone in Manhattan with her teenaged daughter had me unexpectedly sitting on the edge of my seat for the entire viewing time.
From the movie's trailers one pretty much knows what is going to happen--the house features a 'panic room' where the inhabitants can hide in a steel enforced room complete with security cameras and medical and food supplies in the case of a break-in. The break-in occurs, in this case by the desperate trio of the grandson of the former occupant played by Jared Leto, his more than anxious friend, Dwight Yoakam, and the security expert with the treacherous insider's knowledge who has built and installed panic rooms for other wealthy and paranoid clients played by Forest Whitaker
For two hours, we watch Jodie Foster outthink and try to out manuever these intrusive interlopers while pushing aside her own anxiety regarding her recent breakup and her diabetic daughter's not-so-silent adjustment to her new status in her father's life.
This is a good facsimile of a Hitchcockian thriller with really good performances, especially Forest Whitaker who always seems to play his roles with an extra big chunk of heart.

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