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Panic Room
A recently divorced woman looking to start fresh with her daughter happens upon a house with a unique feature, a "panic room" intended to protect its occupants in the case of intruders. When someone...  View more >

Starring Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam...  View more >

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Mar 31, 2002
The movie Panic Room is a great theatre experience. The review given by the web site is 3.5 stars, and I think that people will agree with that review. The reasons for deducting a .5 star will become evident as you watch the movie. Yet, I think you will leave the theatre agreeing that this movie earned every bit of its 3.5 stars as well.

As far as the acting is concerned, I think Jodie Foster did well. Buy if you're like me, you may find yourself scoring her 3rd next to her daughter in the movie, Kristen Stewart, coming in at 2nd, and Forest Whitaker, coming in at a very strong 1st. In fact, I think he steals the movie. His on-screen presence seems to overwhlem his peers.

I actually did not know that Dwight Yoakam was in this movie, so it was a pleasant surprise seeing him.

It's worth your money and I'd recommend seeing it.
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Mar 31, 2002
I worship David Fincher. His "Fight Club" and "Se7en" are two of my favorite movies, and "Panic Room" can be added to that list.

Jodie Foster is awesome as the lead, a woman trapped with her daughter in a tiny room while three men outside try to get them to come out. The catch: Jodie is claustrophobic and her daughter is diabetic. The three men try everything, but Jodie has an answer for everything they try.

That's what I love about this movie: it's a thriller about a battle of wits, not a battle of brawn. As each side runs out of ideas, the suspense rises and rises until it's nearly unbearable.

There are a few problems I had with this movie, though. One was that Forrest Whitakker's character, one of the villains, is too nice. I could see that he was supposed to be a sympathetic character, the only one of the three villains given a real reason to be in the house, but I just wasn't scared of him.

I was scared of one of the other villains, "Rauol," for a while at least. He suffered from what I call "Jeepers Creepers Syndrome." Just like the monster in that horror film, Rauol is scary until his face is shown about halfway through the film (he wears a ski mask for much of it). He loses most of his charisma when you finally see him.

Despite the problems with the villains, this movie is still a top-notch thriller, and quite different than most Matrix-influenced thrillers that Hollywood has been churning out lately. My final verdict: better than "Se7en," but Fincher still has to top "Fight Club."
Apr 1, 2002
This was a good movie, and lots of action. There were even a few parts to laugh at. It was well done, and worth seeing.
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Apr 8, 2002
I really enjoyed the show. It keep your attention all the time. I like Jodie Foster. It's better seeing it in the theatre.
Apr 8, 2002
"Panic Room" is a smart supense thriller about a single mother who rents an apartment complete with a panic room. A place where they go if they're theatened by intruders.

Jodie foster leads a strong cast as she and her daughter are trapped in the panic room. Sort of a mexican stand-off between them and the robbers. What made "Panic Room" a smart movie is that you never know what's going to happen next. This is the sort of film Alfred Hitchcock would love to do.
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Aug 5, 2002
I went to this Movie (Panic Room ) expecting a first class thriller. I figured that with the talent of Jody Foster, that Panic Room would be great.

It didn't take long to see what an idiotic movie this was. It reminded me of an adult version of " Home Alone ". Only I can't really compare it to Home Alone because that was a good picture. Panic Room is filled with unbelieveable episodes. One scene had Foster telling the "intruders" to give her daughter a shot of insulin when her blood sugar was very low. What??? did Foster actually want to kill her own daughter in the movie.

Don't bother renting this film and don't believe other readers reviews . I'm saving your valuable time for another movie.
Mar 13, 2003

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