It was scary
>>By Tessa (Tuesday, 7 Jan 2003 22:22)
Despite the mixed reviews this film has been getting, mainly due to the fact that many people find it hard to believe that David Fincher can ever top his last film Fight Club, and the fact that more attention is focused on the action rather than the characters, I found Panic Room to be very entertaining. The story follows Meg Altman (Foster) and her daughter Sarah (Stewart) as they just are settling into their new home. Meg's marriage has come to an end, and to more or less stick it to her wealthy ex-husband, she buys a large and expensive house in the upper east side of New York. An eccentric recluse, who also happened to be very rich, previously owned the house. To protect his assets and accommodate his failing health, the old man had an elevator installed, as well as a state-of-the-art security room, called a panic room. Inside this mini-fortress are monitors linked to cameras spread out all thru the house, a separate secure phone line, and first aid kits, etc. Upon their first night in the house, Meg and Sarah are quickly forced into taking shelter in the panic room when 3 robbers break into the house. Junior (Leto), a descendant of the house's old owner, knows of a hidden safe located in the panic room, and enlists the help of Raoul (Yoakam) and Burnham (Whitaker) to get inside and take the money. Unfortunately, they are surprised to see Meg and Sarah in the house so soon; they had believed that the house would be empty. So once plan A is shot to Hell, the 3 thieves are forced to find a way to draw the Altman women out of the stronghold, and get their prize. But dissention is amongst the ranks, and arguments erupt over Raoul's penchant for violence, Junior's greedy impetuousness, and Burnham's pacifist guilt. There is an irony felt by Burnham, because he was the one who worked on building panic rooms just like the one he now is trying to break into. OK I'll stop there; I don't wanna give away too much.
As for the story, there are a few moments that are a little far fetched, but there are others that are very tense and provoking, that it makes up for it. Also there's a good deal of humor thrown in to lighten the mood. Plus Jodie Foster looks really hot in that little top of hers. Sorry about that. Anyway there are a lot of cool camera moves and shots, and the story moves along well. The title sequence features a fresh and neat way of displaying the opening credits. I found myself happy with the final product and give this one a 4.
>>By Led Gopher (Wednesday, 27 Aug 2003 06:46)
well it's one of my favourite films! i like the story of the film,very good actress such as (FOSTER and her daughter STEWART) :)
>>By Kitiza (Tuesday, 3 Aug 2010 20:28)
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