Panic Room

March 29th, 2002


Panic Room

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A woman and her teenage daughter become imprisoned in the panic room of their own house by 3 criminals.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 6.9/10 (97,436 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: David Fincher

Stars: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker

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.

Jodie Foster - Meg Altman
Kristen Stewart - Sarah Altman
Forest Whitaker - Burnham
Dwight Yoakam - Raoul
Jared Leto - Junior
Patrick Bauchau - Stephen Altman
Ann Magnuson - Lydia Lynch
Ian Buchanan - Evan Kurlander
Andrew Kevin Walker - Sleepy Neighbor
Paul Schulze - Officer Keeney
Mel Rodriguez - Officer Morales
Richard Conant - SWAT Cop
Paul Simon - SWAT Cop
Victor Thrash - SWAT Cop
Ken Turner - SWAT Cop

Taglines: It was supposed to be the safest room in the house


Official Website: Official Site |

Release Date: 29 March 2002

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $30,056,751 (USA) (31 March 2002) (3053 Screens)

Gross: $95,308,367 (USA) (9 June 2002)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Spain:

Did You Know?

The phone number that Meg dials to order pizza from Patsy's Pizza is mentioned to be 579-3000. The area code for Manhattan is 212; the number 212-579-3000 is, in reality, for Patsy's Pizzeria.

Continuity: It is clearly raining outside, yet when Burnham is in the house, he is completely dry.

Lydia Lynch: [First Lines] I wrote it all down: 4,200 square feet, four floors. Perfect. Courtyard in back, south-facing garden. Perfect.
Meg: Shouldn't we just wait for the car service?
Lydia Lynch: No, we'll sit in traffic forever.
Meg: Is that the listing sheet?
Lydia Lynch: There is no listing sheet. I heard about it this morning. It'll be gone by this afternoon.
Meg: Well, how many more after this one.
Lydia Lynch: None. You know how tight the market is.

User Review

Utterly predictable and dumb... I cannot Believe Jodie is here!

Rating: 3/10

I really love Jodie. I heard that she had rejected Hannibal millions dollars job offer because its script was stupid. So what in the Earth made her accept working in this piece of garbage called Panic Room? Forest Whitaker is a great actor too. I cannot believe both of them appear here! I would give no stars to this movie, but these 2 great actors make me save their performance.

Producers made a big mistake with the casting. Probably they spent all the money paying Jodie and Forest, so they put only garbage actors to complete the group. This is not unusual. The masked criminal does not look menacing without his mask at all. And the little girl is cute and a good actress but she seems a boy. In fact, when I watched the trailer I thought it was a boy! She not only seems a boy because of her haircut but because she has boys manners!

***spoilers ahead***

The storyline is stupid from the very first minute. Anyway the movie was good at first specially because the camera amazing movements and CGI. After the bad guys break into the house everything is very predictable, full of plot holes and it goes only to show the characters stupidity:

1- Why do they get a house so big while they are only 2 small people? This house is for about 5 people! Without live-in help it is impossible to have that house clean!

2- There are lots of noises when the guys first talk takes place, they even shout (in lower voice), Meg cannot sleep, she is wide awake but she does not hear ANYTHING.

3- Why the guys do not leave the girls alone trapped inside the elevator if what they want is in the panic room?

4- The 911 never put you on hold, and if so, I might think they are able to track your call and send an unit.

5- The fire thing is no real. Gas does not remain in the ceiling and also the carafe outside should have exploited burning the 3 criminals and the explosion should be noisy enough to alert neighbors.

6- It is incredible that both mom and daughter do not wonder what the criminals want from the room and try to negotiate.

7- At first it is impossible to talk from outside to inside, but later it is! Sounds strange that the big guy who built the room does not know about the intercom and this new owner does.

8- At the end, it is stupid that Burnham comes back to the house because he hears a shout, the police sirens were sounded nearby already. Also it is stupid that Burnham let the bank bonds go with the wind, because he could have raised his hands keeping the papers in his jacket.

I will not continue with plot holes because it would be endless, but I have to say that I am tired of "Terminator skills" at the end of all thrillers. How can I guy survive while he has a hand damaged, he is hammered on the head and he fell one floor down? He still has a supernatural strength to fight 3 people! As I said all the movie is predictable from the start to the end. If you watch this movie with someone else I suggest a guessing game and probably you will guess everything! For example, what do you think a neighbor will do if someone in front is bothering him with flashing lights? I understand the Morse code idea, but face it... only a few among regular people get it.

Another thing, the finale is tasteless... I felt saying "And where is the panic that appeared in the movie title?"


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