Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or get help from the surrounding bystanders, Stuart negotiates with the caller that leads to a jaw-dropping climax.
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.,
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
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
The only time you should panic is if you are about to watch this movie
Although "Panic Room" is probably meant to be a thriller or suspense film or something like that, I couldn't help but think it was a comedy. The zany robbers, the lonely house, and the little "girl", who really really really really looks like a boy. From this description, "Panic Room" has all the right ingredients for a "Home Alone" style laugh-fest. The little girl even looks remarkably like Macualy Culkin. However, after only a short way into the film, my hopes and dreams were shattered mercifully by the director. On viewing "Panic Room", no humorous brick-throwing-at-robbers-heads did I witness; no side-splitting falling-down-stair action; no comical electrocutions; and no grievous-bodily-harm inflicted on the devious home-invaders from the spirited young under-dog. Instead, the film subjects the viewer to one of the most painful experiences of their lifetime.
The movie drags and drags, never actually achieving anything of great importance. Every supposed "twist" and "turn" can be easily predicted with the tiniest amount of foresight, and you couldn't give a crap as to whether any of the characters live or die. However, the most irritating problem with the movie is probably the ludicrous plot, which makes you scream and yell at the TV(or movie) screen at the incredibly dumb characters. It seems that when criminals invade your house and you are locked in the very room they are trying to get into, your brain only works at half-capacity. This can also be said about the people who made this film. The dim-witted characters are annoying-as-hell, but what can be expected from a movie that centers around just one room in a house. "Phone Booth" had the right idea with the "one-scene-only" style story, but "Panic Room" doesn't.
After viewing it, you wish that Macualy Culkin was around, and he was setting your scalp on fire, knocking you down stairs with paint cans, or hurling bricks at your head from the top of a 3-storey building. Any or all of these would cause less pain than sitting through the krud-tastic lame-fest that is "Panic Room". In the end, why couldn't have Jodie Foster and Boy-girl just have gotten a house with a 'Panic Gun'. It would have made a lot more sense, and made the movie a lot shorter- which would have been a good thing.
Damn you "Panic Room". Damn you for wasting my time; and damn you for getting me so fired up that I'm wasting my time writing this review.
30 of 62 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this