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Panic Room (2002)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  29 March 2002 (USA)
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A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.



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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. Written by Film_Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It was supposed to be the safest room in the house



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Safe Room  »

Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,056,751 (USA) (29 March 2002)


£8,202,281 (UK) (14 June 2002)

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Did You Know?


The opening credits were created by a collaboration between title design company The Picture Mill and special effects company ComputerCafe. It took them one year to complete. See more »


When Meg is taping up the vents, she leaves the bottom of the vent unsealed. But when it shows her taping up the next vent the first vent is taped shut all the way. See more »


Sarah: What is it?
Meg: It's bad!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are amazingly realistic in that they cast shadows and are reflected on the surrounding glass buildings. See more »


Referenced in The Visions of Stanley Kubrick (2007) See more »

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User Reviews

Simple Tight Movie
24 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Director David Fincher lays out a tight simple thriller. It takes place all in and around the house. Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) is recently divorced and buying a house in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It has a panic room. On their first night in the house, they get invaded by three criminals (Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam, Jared Leto) intend on getting something from the previous owner left in the panic room. Only Meg and her daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) get there first.

Fincher has striped away all the unnecessary filler from the story. It's a simple cat and mouse game. Nothing could be simpler. Even at almost 2 hours, there isn't a slow moment. All the actors get their fair share. Jodie and Forest lead the cast, but Jared and Kristen also shine. I wouldn't say this was the greatest or the most original. It is simply a good movie.

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