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Panic Room (2002)

 -  Crime | 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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Forest Whitaker's character was initially imagined by screenwriter David Koepp as an unpleasant white-collar compulsive gambler, in Koepp's own words someone like "Humphrey Bogart in one of his less pleasant roles." See more »

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Sarah, a diabetic starts seizing while in the panic room due to low amounts of blood sugar. Even if Sarah was a type one diabetic, her body would not go into ketogenic shock so rapidly while in the panic room. She did not expel enough energy in the time she ate dinner that night, to the time they became locked in the panic room for this to occur. She had to have had some other serious condition for her body to seize that quickly into the night. If she was going into ketogenic shock, her body would have expelled large amount of ammonia that would have also intoxicated her mother. 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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