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Panic Room (2002)

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

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It was supposed to be the safest room in the house

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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29 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Safe Room  »

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$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$95,308,367 (USA) (7 June 2002)
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Trivia

Originally David Fincher planned to make the film in pitch darkness but this proved too impractical. See more »

Goofs

When Meg starts searching for a "chocolate bar" once Sarah's sugar level drops, Sarah says she had already searched in the box and had found nothing. Yet we clearly see standard U.S. Military M.R.E. (meal ready to eat) packages which include a high sugar ration (in the form of, or in addition to, a dessert with the meal itself and sugar to be used with the included instant coffee), when Sarah was first searching. See more »

Quotes

Burnham: Do you need this?
[Sarah nods yes]
Burnham: Can you do it yourself?
[Sarah nods no]
Burnham: What happens if you don't get it?
Sarah: [weak whispering] Coma. Die.
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special thanks to the residents of West 94th Steet, Manhattan See more »

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References Die Hard (1988) See more »

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Well acted action-thriller, weak conclusion
28 February 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

David Fincher directs this cleverly conceived thriller about a mother and daughter trapped inside a panic room by three criminals. The film is well-paced and the camera work is slick. The film does well in exploring the confines of the house. Jodie Foster is effective and maintains a high intensity throughout. Kristen Stewart is decent as her daughter. Forest Whitaker plays a slightly sympathetic criminal and does well. Unfortunately, after an engrossing game of cat and mouse, the conclusion is weak. Staple clichés crop up and the film goes for a crowd-pleasing finale that doesn't quite feel right. Still watchable.

Overall 7/10


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