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Trapped in their New York brownstone's panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, newly divorced Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her daughter, Sarah (Kristen Stewart),play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders--Burnham (Forest Whitaker), Raoul (Dwight Yoakam) and Junior (Jared Leto) -- during a brutal home invasion. But the room itself is the focal point because what the intruders really want is inside it.
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It's about a group of robbers who have knowledge that millions of dollars are kept inside an actual panic room that was built inside an apartment room, so they break in and do whatever it takes to get the money. Forest Whitaker plays an interesting robber- he's not necessarily on the same page as the other two robbers and often they get into arguments. He's more like a sympathetic bad guy as evident by his desire to make sure nobody gets hurt and that he just gets the money, whereas the other robbers are willing to do whatever it takes -even kill in vicious style- in order to get the money.
Meanwhile upon Jodie Foster and her daughter/son (seriously I thought it was a boy for the longest time) realizing that robbers are in the apartment with them in the middle of an eerily calm rainy night, they immediately lock themselves inside the panic room which is a tiny safe room made of steel with the intention of being impossible for anybody to break into. Of course the robbers do everything they possibly can to break through those steel walls- they try taking a crowbar and tearing up the floor underneath, they use gas to try and get Jodie and her daughter out of the room (which backfires literally!) and they even try luring them out with messages written on paper since there's video cameras located all over many apartment ceilings that Jodie and her daughter can see from inside the panic room.
This movie makes suspense live up to its name in a big way. A film where you're constantly on the edge of your seat and don't want to be interrupted until it's over. Without spoiling certain parts, my memory failed me on a few occasions. I was convinced Jodie and her daughter stayed inside this panic room the entire movie but uh, no. Sometimes Jodie escapes in an attempt to grab a cellphone which leads to a memorable slow-moving REALLY intense segment, and eventually Jodie's daughter needs insulin shots (which is clichéd- come 'on, someone ALWAYS needs an insulin shot during dire circumstances in Hollywood suspense or horror films!)
Perhaps the best segment is when Jodie tries to make a phone call to her ex-husband for help as quickly as possible before Forest figures out the wires are coming from the basement and destroys them. It's a race to see if Jodie can make that call in time. Also when Jodie and her daughter flash Morse Code signals by way of a flashlight into their neighbors window is another magnificent part of the movie since you're curious if the neighbor will catch on. And the scene where Jodie communicates with the cops but can't give away too much information since revealing that the robbers being in the home could very well put her daughters life in serious danger is another memorable scene. This scene alone proves why Jodie Foster is such a phenomenal actress. Perhaps the best segment in the film.
Overall I love the Panic Room, and if you love suspenseful movies you'll undoubtedly love it too.
My son and I watched "Panic Room" the other night. At first, I thought that it would be a pretty good flick. That thought faded away rather quickly. This room was supposed to be impenetrable. By the end of the movie, there were more ways to disable the occupants of that "impenetrable" room than there are gates at Disney World.
Here they had a room that was supposed to be surrounded by concrete and steel yet the neighbor heard the screaming from the room and complained to police about it. The air system was compromised. There was a hole in the wall that led directly outside, wires from the outside could be reached from the inside. It was a freaking joke.
I would rather take my chances face to face than depend on a room like that. Whoever wrote the script should be barred from ever writing again. The only good thing that we got out of the movie was that we agreed it was stupid. We were just sitting there talking about how stupid it was and before we knew it, it got even MORE stupid. On a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 2. On the stupid scale, I would give it a 9. It wasn't totally awful, but it certainly was not good. The only thing that saved it from the bottom of the barrel was the cast, and they should be ashamed for acting in such a piece of crap.
I would rate it slightly better than getting a tooth pulled.
But, I did really like the end. You know, the part when the movie finally stops.
How interesting...Meg is right. Behind a secret wall lies the infamous "Panic Room", designed it seems, to withstand (and I am partially joking here) an atomic bomb explosion. The Room is entirely self-sufficient, able to operate and sustain life independently from the outside world. Everything needed to survive is packaged neatly behind the heavy steel doors (think War Games). In fact, the presence of the panic room is so omnious and claustrophobic, it becomes an acting character itself.
How lucky then, are Sarah and mother Meg when a group of burglers, headed by Burnham, (Whitaker)...break into the home in search of a cache of money supposedly hidden in the panic room. And how unlucky are the two women when it comes to our realisation that Burnham used to be a designer and architect of "panic rooms" himself. He is confident that he can break into the room, using his knowledge of a panic room's inherent design.
The real game becomes a slow evolution from -Can they escape?- and -Will they get in?-, cat and mouse style, to who is most strategic. Burnham may seem to have the upper hand, but Meg is quick-witted and familiar with her own home. She plays her cards well and it is exciting to see her instinctual skills come to life.
As the trailers of "The Panic Room" now entice you with more and more scenes, take them seriously with their new motto: bring a friend with you to see "The Panic Room", because you will need to hold on to someone. Great advice. I saw this movie alone and "The Panic Room" nearly gave me a panic attack!
Five stars for edge-of-your-seat action, suspense, fantasic performances, and the last minute additon of Jodie Foster to play Meg. I really don't think Nicole Kidman has the muscle or strength to pull of the physical requirements of a movie like this (She had to bow out due to an injury). Bravo Jodie on surfacing to the limelight again to make another spectacular film! I believe this is her first film since "The King and I". She proves even a Hollywood Mommy can kick [behind] in a physically demanding role. I am already impatient waiting for her next move in the film world. This movie is fabulous and could be a great date flick...especially since you will feel it necessary to grab hold of someone during the intense scenes. Enjoy. I have no doubt you will.