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Panic Room (2002)

 -  Drama | 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

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It was supposed to be the safest room in the house

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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$48,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,022,582 (UK) (3 May 2002)

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£8,202,281 (UK) (14 June 2002)
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Though Panic Room is not technically a remake, it somewhat mirrors the plot and characters of Wait Until Dark (1967). The antagonists are three criminals: one who has compassion like Burnham, another who is a hardened criminal like Junior, and one who is a ruthless psychotic like Raoul. The three men charade their way into a blind woman's brownstone apartment in search of a doll filled with heroin, but realize they have drastically underestimated her wits once they initiate a game of cat and mouse with her. See more »

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Junior says that Meg had closed escrow. New York does not have an escrow system. Closing on a house is done with attorneys, with a set closing date. See more »

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Raoul: [after Junior breaks the mirror] That's seven years bad luck.
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Opening credits are amazingly realistic in that they cast shadows and are reflected on the surrounding glass buildings. See more »

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A one-trick plot, but amazing camera, intense acting, and tightly made.
31 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Panic Room (2002)

There are three reasons to see Panic Room. 1) The titles: understated, gorgeous, uncanny letters floating in the Manhattan cityscape. 2) The photography: camera moving like an animal, slipping between tiny spaces, swinging across rooms and through floors, inhabiting the screen like another character. 3) Forest Whitaker, again (he's so good so often it's hard to not expect a great performance).

The rest of the film is very good, directed with style and intelligence as usual by David Fincher (who did Seven and Fight Club). The plot is good, but maybe a little conventional overall, and if the details aren't completely predictable, the general flow of events is. The whole cast is quite good--Foster in a familiar embattled, determined role, and Jared Leto is an appropriately crazed, if slightly caricatured, bad guy who just wants money. Don't we all.

I saw this when it came out and was dazzled and yet disappointed by the plot. The second time, knowing the events, I was able to just watch how they unfolded, and it was much better. Expect suspense, intensity, and beautiful camera-work.


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