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Panic Room (2002)

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A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.

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David Fincher

Writer:

David Koepp
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jodie Foster ... Meg Altman
Kristen Stewart ... Sarah Altman
Forest Whitaker ... Burnham
Dwight Yoakam ... Raoul
Jared Leto ... Junior
Patrick Bauchau ... Stephen Altman
Ann Magnuson ... Lydia Lynch
Ian Buchanan ... Evan Kurlander
Andrew Kevin Walker ... Sleepy Neighbor
Paul Schulze ... Officer Keeney
Mel Rodriguez ... Officer Morales
Richard Conant Richard Conant ... SWAT Cop
Paul Simon Paul Simon ... SWAT Cop
Victor Thrash Victor Thrash ... SWAT Cop
Ken Turner Ken Turner ... SWAT Cop
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Storyline

Recently divorced Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don't stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room. Written by Film_Fan

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It was supposed to be the safest room in the house See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Safe Room See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,056,751, 31 March 2002

Gross USA:

$96,397,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$197,079,546
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Jodie Foster starred alongside Cherie Currie in the movie 'Foxes' in 1980. In 2002 Jodie Foster played Kristen Stewart's mother in 'Panic Room'. Kristen Stewart would later go on to play Cherie Currie's bandmate, Joan Jett, in the biopic 'The Runaways' named after the band they formed before Cherie Currie went into acting. See more »

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Sarah: Are you okay?
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Meg: I'm okay.
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The only time you should panic is if you are about to watch this movie
20 November 2004 | by JohnnyNitroSee all my reviews

Although "Panic Room" is probably meant to be a thriller or suspense film or something like that, I couldn't help but think it was a comedy. The zany robbers, the lonely house, and the little "girl", who really really really really looks like a boy. From this description, "Panic Room" has all the right ingredients for a "Home Alone" style laugh-fest. The little girl even looks remarkably like Macualy Culkin. However, after only a short way into the film, my hopes and dreams were shattered mercifully by the director. On viewing "Panic Room", no humorous brick-throwing-at-robbers-heads did I witness; no side-splitting falling-down-stair action; no comical electrocutions; and no grievous-bodily-harm inflicted on the devious home-invaders from the spirited young under-dog. Instead, the film subjects the viewer to one of the most painful experiences of their lifetime.

The movie drags and drags, never actually achieving anything of great importance. Every supposed "twist" and "turn" can be easily predicted with the tiniest amount of foresight, and you couldn't give a crap as to whether any of the characters live or die. However, the most irritating problem with the movie is probably the ludicrous plot, which makes you scream and yell at the TV(or movie) screen at the incredibly dumb characters. It seems that when criminals invade your house and you are locked in the very room they are trying to get into, your brain only works at half-capacity. This can also be said about the people who made this film. The dim-witted characters are annoying-as-hell, but what can be expected from a movie that centers around just one room in a house. "Phone Booth" had the right idea with the "one-scene-only" style story, but "Panic Room" doesn't.

After viewing it, you wish that Macualy Culkin was around, and he was setting your scalp on fire, knocking you down stairs with paint cans, or hurling bricks at your head from the top of a 3-storey building. Any or all of these would cause less pain than sitting through the krud-tastic lame-fest that is "Panic Room". In the end, why couldn't have Jodie Foster and Boy-girl just have gotten a house with a 'Panic Gun'. It would have made a lot more sense, and made the movie a lot shorter- which would have been a good thing.

Damn you "Panic Room". Damn you for wasting my time; and damn you for getting me so fired up that I'm wasting my time writing this review.


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