Crime / Drama / Thriller
Crime / Drama / Thriller
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.
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nothing makes sense in this movie
***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** I like the idea of the panic room, but the room itself has to be much better than the one in the movie. And too many things in the movie that do not make sense: (POSSIBLE SPOILERS, so do not read on if you dont' want to be spoiled, but the movie is SO predictable anyway)
1. You call 911 and get placed on hold after you tell them your address and it's an emergency? 2. Cell phones don't work in the room? If it was a room designed for the purpose as described in the beginning of the movie, shouldn't cell phones be usable in it? 3. Isn't it obvious to just kill all the surveilance cameras all over the house so people in the room won't know what you're doing? 4. Can't Jodie Foster tell the cops something or signal something since she was in the room before and should know they can't hear her from inside the room? 5. How can someone get smashed in the head like that not only not die, but still has the power to wrestle someone down and try to kill her? etc.etc. please write a better script next time Fincher.
Great Cast But Crazy Plot
You can not fault Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, and the cast in this one. They do a great job of trying to put this over. Unfortunately, either the script writers were on strike, or just plain stupid when they put this thing into writing.
I mean, these crooks have to be the most stupid crooks ever. Why would you wait until a place has been sold and moved into to decide to break into a safe that has millions of dollars in it? I mean, I would have been there while it was empty to do this. The script does not really give you enough background on why this circumstance came to be other than talking about some estate, but still little sense is made of this.
The script even makes fun of it's flaws late in the film when Foster takes a sledge hammer around and starts knocking out closed circuit cameras, and one of the crooks makes their most intelligent words in the film - "Why the h*ll didn't we think of that?"
If you buy the hokey premise of the script then you enjoy the suspense it creates. The trouble is there are so many holes that you have to be a fan of Swiss cheese to really do that. Still, I did enjoy seeing the folks in this cast try to make this into a good film. If it were not for their acting, my rating would be a 1.
There is so much wrong with the script that all I can recommend is if you put your brain in park, and just watch it for the cast, you will enjoy it. If you try to make any sense out of the actions the plot generates, you will wind up in a rubber room with a straight jacket to keep you restrained. In fact, that seems to happen to the cast in this one.
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A one-trick plot, but amazing camera, intense acting, and tightly made.
Panic Room (2002)
There are three reasons to see Panic Room. 1) The titles: understated, gorgeous, uncanny letters floating in the Manhattan cityscape. 2) The photography: camera moving like an animal, slipping between tiny spaces, swinging across rooms and through floors, inhabiting the screen like another character. 3) Forest Whitaker, again (he's so good so often it's hard to not expect a great performance).
The rest of the film is very good, directed with style and intelligence as usual by David Fincher (who did Seven and Fight Club). The plot is good, but maybe a little conventional overall, and if the details aren't completely predictable, the general flow of events is. The whole cast is quite good--Foster in a familiar embattled, determined role, and Jared Leto is an appropriately crazed, if slightly caricatured, bad guy who just wants money. Don't we all.
I saw this when it came out and was dazzled and yet disappointed by the plot. The second time, knowing the events, I was able to just watch how they unfolded, and it was much better. Expect suspense, intensity, and beautiful camera-work.