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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)

Gross:

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

Nicole Kidman replacement Jodie Foster substantially altered the tone of the film. Beforehand director David Fincher saw his heroine as a glacial Hitchcock/ Grace Kelly role model. With Foster in the lead, however, the part instantly became much grittier, more political. See more »

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Sarah's coke can in the first dinner at the house repeatedly turns around between shots. See more »

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Raoul: [over P.A. system after having hand caught in the panic room door]
[yells]
Raoul: You fucking bitch! You pull *any* shit like that again, I will fucking kill her! Do you hear me? If you step outside, I'll kill her! If I see a uniform inside this house, I'll cut her fucking throat! Do you understand?
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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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References Tenebre (1982) 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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