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Panic Room
     

Panic Room

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Director: David Fincher, Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam

Cast: David Fincher, Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam

 

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A well-regarded spec script by A-list screenwriter David Koepp became this stylish thriller from director David Fincher. Jodie Foster stars as Meg Altman, a single mother of an diabetic preteen daughter, Sarah (Kristen Stewart). Meg's going through an unhappy divorce that forces her and Sarah to move into a new home. They choose a deluxe New York brownstone that

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A well-regarded spec script by A-list screenwriter David Koepp became this stylish thriller from director David Fincher. Jodie Foster stars as Meg Altman, a single mother of an diabetic preteen daughter, Sarah (Kristen Stewart). Meg's going through an unhappy divorce that forces her and Sarah to move into a new home. They choose a deluxe New York brownstone that coincidentally boasts an unusual feature: a "panic room," a vault-like hidden space capable of literally sealing itself off from the rest of the building. With its thick steel door on springs, separate ventilation and communications systems, and video monitors linked to cameras mounted throughout the home, the room is an impregnable fortress. It quickly comes in handy when the Altmans' new residence is invaded by a trio of thieves: Junior (Jared Leto), Burnham (Forest Whitaker), and Raoul (Dwight Yoakam). Meg and Sarah are able to secure themselves in the panic room before the robbers can get to them, but it turns out that Sarah's medication is still on the outside, the phone's not yet connected, and the loot the gang's seeking is inside the panic room with them. A cat-and-mouse battle of wits ensues, with Meg trying to outwit their captors over the course of one very long night, as her daughter's health dissipates. Panic Room (2002) co-stars Ann Magnuson, Patrick Bauchau, and Koepp's fellow screenwriter, Andrew Kevin Walker, in a cameo role.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
There's not much breathing space in Panic Room, a wall-to-wall experiment in anxiety directed by supreme visual stylist David Fincher (Fight Club). The script, by David Koepp (Spider-Man), finds a wealthy divorcée (Jodie Foster) and her daughter (Kristen Stewart) besieged by a trio of burglars in their new home, an ultra-plush Manhattan townhouse. Fortunately, the house is equipped with a "panic room," a hermetically sealed space in which mother and daughter take refuge, and much of the film concerns the criminals' attempts to gain access to this sanctuary, causing undue panic and claustrophobia for our heroines. Fincher milks the plot's stripped-down simplicity, as a roving camera explores interior spaces millimeter by millimeter, tracking through walls, floors, air ducts, and even keyholes. Ultimately, the film develops into a magnificent battle of wit and will between the prim Foster and the bickering and increasingly violent felons (Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakam, and Forest Whitaker). Whitaker ultimately anchors the film, evoking a compassionate strength around which the escalating suspense revolves. The result is a virtuoso piece, telling a story that takes place in a single location on a single night, inventively exploring the possibilities of the scenario without losing its simple inexorability.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
As sleek, taut, and speedy as an expensive German automobile, David Fincher's high-concept suspense thriller finds the director at his best, and, more importantly, his most efficient, with little of the narrative muddle and character vagaries that plagued some of his previous work. Fincher has always worn his influences on his sleeve, from Hitchcock to Kubrick to Peckinpah, and while all of the above are referenced in Panic Room, the film is mostly a successful homage to the Master of Suspense himself. David Koepp's tight script allows the director to get right down to business: Once descended upon by a trio of a burglars, Jodie Foster's Meg Altman is pitted against her captors in a variety of set piece situations, each more nail-biting than the last. Though Fincher employs his usual bag of digital tricks to accentuate the spaces of Meg's lavish brownstone, the flourishes never seem gratuitous; the director doesn't forget that simple juxtapositions of glances, framings, and angles convey much more fear and dread than three-dimensional computer animation. Best of all, Koepp and Fincher have whittled the material down to its barest essentials: The characters' backstory and motivation are doled out sparingly over the course of the standoff, and never in an obvious, neon-billboard sort of way. Foster, Kristen Stewart, and particularly Forest Whitaker respond in kind, each actor turning in a visceral, nuanced performance to carry the audience through to the film's grisly end. It's rare that a thriller warrants a second viewing for character interaction instead of a tricky structure or a plot full of red herrings, and Panic Room, thankfully, is that kind of film.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2006
UPC:
0043396171183
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:52:00

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Disc #1 -- Panic Room
1. Start [2:36]
2. Townstone Fixer-Upper [3:58]
3. The Panic Room [8:49]
4. The Break-In [5:00]
5. "We Got a Problem." [5:22]
6. Intruder Alert [1:06]
7. "People. In the House." [5:08]
8. The PA System [10:30]
9. Sending Them a Message [5:33]
10. Return to Sender [2:58]
11. SOS [4:47]
12. Cell Phone Retrieval [3:56]
13. Cutting into the Main-Line [5:07]
14. Dizzy & Hungry [:40]
15. Giving Up [2:52]
16. 50/50 Split [1:00]
17. Stephen Drops By [2:30]
18. "Open the Door!" [1:23]
19. Sarah Goes Into Shock [1:24]
20. Insulin Run [2:56]
21. Sticky Fingers [1:58]
22. "Give Her the Shot!' [7:01]
23. The Police Arrive [6:26]
24. Blinding the System [5:32]
25. Exactly Where She Wants Them [3:07]
26. "Let My Daughter Go." [:58]
27. Raoul Gets Hammered [1:12]
28. "You're Gonna Be All Right." [7:51]

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Panic Room 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jodie Foster has done it again. This is a great movie, riviting, keeps you glued till the end. The entire cast is perfect and believable. Jared Leto is a bit too much and you're actually glad when he makes his exit. And kudos to whom ever cast Kristen Stewart (Sarah Altman) as Jodies' daughter in the film. Finally a child actor who doesn't act like child trying to act. You can actually sit through any scene she is in and not squirm in your seat (ex. JaKe Lloyd: S.W. Episode 1) Keep an eye on this one. Highly recomend this one to who ever is just tired of the same bad, cliche movie on the rental selves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jodie ranks among the greatest (or IS the greatest) in one of the most original Suspense Drama's of the year. Her performance is as powerful as that of The Silence of The Lambs, Nell, and Taxi Driver. In a realistic setting, Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) is trapped inside the Panic Room and must save herself and her Daughter from the trio of theives outside. One hell of a good movie that leaves the audience in a shocked interest as Jodie parades across the screen in the most absorbing performance of the year. Read my other reviews in the suggested titles. ---Joe
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome movie and one of my favorites. It has the 2 gals who hide from three burglars who break into their new found home on the night they move in. By any means necessary they try to get into their hiding place the "Panic Room." Then there's a twist ending. Good suspense and camera work was good too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Fincher is truly the Master of Suspense in this film. He gets right down to business: Once descended upon by a trio of a burglars, Jodie Foster's Meg Altman is pitted against her captors in a variety of set piece situations, each more nail-biting than the last. Neither does he forget that simple juxtapositions of glances, framings, and angles and moves through an area convey fear and dread ever more, building tension. Best of all, Fincher has whittled the material down to its barest essentials: The characters' backstory and motivation are doled out sparingly over the course of the standoff, and never in an obvious, neon-billboard sort of way. Foster, Kristen Stewart, and particularly Forest Whitaker respond in kind, each actor turning in a visceral, nuanced performance to carry the audience through to the film's grisly end. It's rare that a thriller warrants a second viewing for character interaction instead of a tricky structure or a plot full of holes, and Panic Room, thankfully, is that kind of unique and elegant thriller of a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE MOVIE WAS INTENSE ...AND EXCITING JODIE FOSTER AT HER BEST AGAIN...OF COURSE I SEEN THE MOVIE ONCE..AND PLAN TO BUY IT VERY SOON SO I CAN HAVE ANOTHER COLLECTION OF JODIE FOSTER A GREAT ACTRESS
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of my fave movies!!!!** It was intense but yet not scary! Great movie!
Gonzo84 More than 1 year ago
I don't know what it is with this film that gets film-buffs excited. Sure it has that suspense (which is overdone) like back in the Hitchcock days, sure it might have great actors (who overplay their roles), and an awesome dirctor (From Fight Club to this?). Maybe I was expecting a little too much, but this film was absolutely horrible. I don't like writing bad reviews, since Films aren't for all tastes. I love a great suspense/thriller, for crying out loud I'm a David Lynch Freak and that's as much as suspense/thriller you can get, but for crying out loud, this whole idea makes me laugh; a mother and daughter move into a new place which for some stupid reason has a PANIC ROOM which saves them from any bad things happening and on the night they move in, they're being robbed and proceed to get full proper use of their new Panic Room. I don't know when and where one of these actors or director David Fincher said, "oh boy, I like this idea." This is already getting ridiculous. So now the whole movie is just them protecting themselves from the perps. The only real scene in this whole film is the arrival of the police at their home and that's it. Like I said in the Headliner, this is just a throw-back to me, it's too plain and doesn't really have that "it" factor. If the characters were to have not made it in the end, maybe I would've liked this more, but the idea, the story, the entire film as a whole is dreadful and is not a reccomendation to those who love David Fincher, which I do, I would go with his earlier thriller "The Game," which is much more compelling and the story is much more of a ride than this mess. So take the risk of watching this, I'd say watch this if you're into the older classics of Suspense/Thrillers, this film has that quality to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was everything I hoped it would be. Jodie Foster is an amazing actress. The movie was action packed and held you in your sets until the end.This movie doesn't disappoint, buy it with confidence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! What else can I say about this movie?? It's a work of art - a piece that will keep you locked in your chair in suspense until the very end. The actors truly mastered their characters in this film. I saw this movie in the theatre three times and can't wait to buy the DVD - I'd recommend it to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so good. I loved it. Jodie Foster is awsome. Two thumbs up for this one. I could not get enough of it. Iwt was one of the best movies i have seen in years. It is definatly worth seeing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this film waz amazing,me+my friend saw it twice in the cinema!!now i own it on dvd,jodie foster has done it again!just amazing,you have to see this film to belive it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is absolutely wonderful. Jodie Foster is not the only one that delivered a wonderful performance (as the other reviewers have made it out to be). Jared Leto gave a great performance as Junior. He was very very (darkly) funny in my opinion. Dwight Yolkam gave a wonderful performance as the real "bad guy" (Raoul) of the movie. Kristen Stewart did a great job as Sarah (and by the way not really in this movie, but Kristen is very very very beautiful). And the BEST preformance in the whole movie in my opinion is Forest Whitaker as Burnham. What a beautiful performance he gave! He was the one that REALLY kept my eyes on the screen the most. He was the good guy-bad guy of the film, and was so wonderful in his part. This movie was so great from such a small cast and simple storyline. And though Forest is my favorite character in the film, Jodie Foster DOES also deliver an unforgetful performance as Meg. This movie DOES deserve its R rating. There is some very strong violence in this film. A character gets his hand stuck in a metal door. Someone is stabbed with shots over and over in the back. Someone is hit over and over with a large flashlight in the face. A person is slammed in the head with a sledge-hammer. A man is caught on fire and graphically shows the burn marks. And two characters are shot in the head. There is also VERY strong and VERY constant language and much of it is name-calling. It is mostly the robbers that ALWAYS swear at each other and call names, usually meant in a mean-spirited way. I am very surprised that this movie was not much much more popular than it was. If you like a movie because well... it is good and not just because it has alot of show-off special effects...If you can just enjoy a good movie when you see a good movie you will like this movie. I HIGHLY reccomend this movie. It is one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Isn't it great when something exceeds your expectations? I kind of expected paranormal psychobabble, given the title. Thankfully, not a ghoul in sight! Instead we're treated to a simple, strong and believable plot that doesn't miss a beat. Visual effects and camera work are first class. The DVD itself is topnotch - excellent high definition film transfer with lifelike DTS and Dolby 5.1 sound.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best thrillers ever made. Jodie Foster delivers her most unforgettable performance yet since ' The Silence of the Lambs'. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
jodie foster does an superb job as a mother with her daughter held hostage in their new house, but taking refuge in a state-of-the-art panic room. You must see this edge of you seat thriller!
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