In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.
Robert Downey Jr.,
A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer; aiding him is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.
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
Fincher stated he wanted the film to look and feel as realistic as possible. This lead to an increase in the films budget and a longer than planned filming schedule. The apartment was built in whole and the panic room was built and modeled after real life panic rooms. The real life set and action lead to several minor injuries to the actors during filming as Fincher insisted on doing several scenes without CGI. See more »
The amount of coke in Sarah's glass changes between shots. See more »
[looking through the medicine cabinet]
How do you live in New York and not have a single percocet?
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As long as you can read "An Indelible Picture" you can already see the credit "Jodie Foster" in the background. See more »
I am a great admirer of director Fincher's earlier movies The Game and Seven. Fight Club was of lesser quality in my opinion and Panic Room is a complete letdown. Normally I find my IMDb ratings not much out of line with the consensus vote. But here I'm at a great difference. The main issues for me are the abstruse story and the female lead character. The plot outline is unconvincing to start with and the script is not good enough to make the viewer a believer. The gangsters do idiotic things, certainly not what real thieves would do (for example minimize noise). The dialogs are painfully bad to listen to, for example when the gangsters fight among themselves. It all comes across very forced and constructed. Then Jodie Foster is the coldest woman on the planet. I get a deep-freeze in my pants whenever I see her. As a mother she is completely unbelievable in the sense that she might have embraced a man in love to receive a child, and a terrible miscast in this movie. There is no grace, no redeeming charm whatsoever in her performance here. No wonder her movie husband left her! (Actually Foster's last good performance was in Nell, that suited her perfectly.) Hollywood is full of "older" attractive lead actresses who would have been so much better suited to star here and make a terrified mother actually believable: Kim Basinger, Michelle Pfeiffer, Andie McDowell, Deborah Unger (from The Game)... I'm sure I forget to name another 20 top candidates. So please Mr. Fincher, choose your next script carefully and cast a believable woman (again)! You can do better than this. Panic Room just doesn't work!
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