Panic Room Movie Poster
David Fincher (Director)
Jodie Foster (Meg Altman)
Kristen Stewart (Sarah Altman)
Forest Whitaker (Burnham)
Jared Leto (Junior)
Dwight Yoakam (Raoul)
Patrick Bauchau (Stephen)
Andrew Kevin Walker (Sleepy Neighbor)
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David Fincher is one
of the best directors around today. With the film
"Seven", he solidified his position as one of
the greatest American directors around, and with
"Fight Club" he demonstrated his immense vision
and mass numbers of cinematic innovations. He is
truly a class act who knows how to keep suspense taut and
rewarding. "Panic Room" is his greatest
film yet, even surpassing the extraordinary
"Seven" in terms of plotting, pacing, and pure
entertainment. With "Panic Room", Fincher
has woven a large game of Chess.
In the game of Chess, the two sides are Meg Altman and
Burnham. Meg Altman is a recently divorced,
extremely wealthy woman who buys a large house in
Manhattan with her daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart).
Unfortunately for them, three thieves learn that there may
be millions somewhere in the house, so they break in to
try and find the loot. The catch--Foster and her
daughter lock themselves in a third floor room known as
'the panic room', reinforced by steal and virtually impenetrable.
The film from that point is the Chess match between
Burnham (Forest Whitaker) trying to get into the room and
Altman (Jodie Foster) trying to keep her daughter safe.
Dwight Yoakam co-stars as one of the thieves, Raoul, who
brings a gun to the home, enraging Burnham, who does not
like violence. Jared Leto stars as Junior, the thief
who orchestrated the entire burglary, but the one who also
seems the most useless in the trio.
"Panic Room" works for several reasons.
The screenplay is top notch and definitely deserves
recognition at the 2003 Academy Awards. Also, the
performances in this film are exquisite. Foster is
wonderful, as always, and really gives the part her all.
Forest Whitaker is creepy, yet thoughtful as the sinister
crook, and Dwight Yoakam plays one hell of a convincing
bad guy. Almost every minute of this film is
suspenseful, a rare quality of any thriller. David Fincher
is a master of manipulating the audience, which he does in
"Panic Room" by never letting the audience get
too far ahead. And, having most of the film set in
one location like the 'panic room' adds to the overall
feeling of confinement and terror.
The reviews I have read of this film have been less than
flattering, and I just can't see why. "Panic
Room" is much better than "Fight Club" and
somewhat better than "Seven". After I was
finished watching this film, I started
thinking--"What was there not to like about this
film?" You know what--I couldn't think of a
single thing. David Fincher continues to impress me
with each and every film he churns out, and he is like a
latter day Alfred Hitchcock. In fact, he may more
closely resemble Hitchcock in style than any other
director since Hitchcock. He is that amazing
and "Panic Room" is one of the best thrillers of
the past ten years.
Ray ( 4 out of 4 pops )
about this film with other Popkorn Junkies
James ( 3 out
of 4 pops )
This film is by the
same guy who brought us "Fight Club", "Se7en", and
"The Game". I think that speaks for itself. I went into this
film not knowing much about it, except that it starred Jodie Foster and
Forrest Whitaker, both one of my favorite actors. I was pleasantly
surprised to see Jared Leto as well. This film is a great example of the
suspense/thriller genre. It shouldn't be missed. Also, Kristen Stewart,
who plays the kid, did awesome considering she's only 11. Who knows, if
she's serious about acting, I think we have the next Jodie Foster in
her. Great movie, decent story, superb acting.
Matt ( 3 out of 4
I don't have much to say, other than this movie delivers. It's an
edge-of-your-seat thriller and I was on the edge of my seat. The
acting is great. Nice to see Jodie Foster and Forrest Whitaker on
screen again, both wonderful actors. Jared Leto is over-the-top,
but amusing and provides comic relief. The only thing I have to
dispute is David Fincher's direction. I felt his hyperkinetic
direction worked out great in "Fight Club"--one of my
favorites--because it really fit the tone. But some of Fincher's
trademark shots seem a little hammy in this film (i.e.: the camera
gliding across the kitchen, the camera tilting down from the floor to
the ceiling of the next floor). But for the most part, his
direction worked and I liked the use of lighting. If you want to
see a real nail-biting, compelling thriller--then "Panic Room"
is the movie for you!
Mike ( 3 out of 4
"Panic Room" is a very good thriller which mades an out-there
storyline a believable and tense film. Jodie Foster puts in her
usual fine performance as well as did Forrest Whitaker. The movie
keeps you guessing and the director Fincher puts in many of his unique
signature scenes. The film reminded me a lot of the old
Peckinpah film "Straw Dogs" with Dustin Hoffman. My only
complaint was that I didn't like how Fincher wrapped up the film in the
end. He went for an over the top Hollywood ending instead of a
more believable, satisfying one... which I won't comment on in order not
to give the ending away.
Pappy ( 2 1/2 out of
4 pops )
Donít ya just hate it when a movie reminds you so much of an older
In this case I kept thinking of Audrey Herburnís great thriller
"Wait Until Dark".
In that she is a blind lady all alone in an apartment while
crooks try every way they can to get in to steal something in the
I spent so much time comparing "Wait Until Dark" to the
"The Panic Room" that I really couldnít enjoy Jodieís
"Panic" just did not compare well with the older film.
What creeped me out the most was the unisex-looking daughter in