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Panic (1999)

| Short, Drama
After an evening at the fair, a mom and her son (Jess is about 10 years old) stop for petrol on their way home. Jess fills the gas tank and then gets in the back seat. She leaves the keys ... See full summary »

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Omid Nooshin

Writers:

Andy Love (as Andrew Love), Omid Nooshin | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Judith Brydon Judith Brydon ... Maddie
Max Southworth Max Southworth ... Jess
Alfred Hoffman Alfred Hoffman ... Old Man
Richard Vanstone Richard Vanstone ... Ash
Jason Havord Jason Havord ... Charlie
Steve Hackett Steve Hackett ... Teenager
Alice Richards Alice Richards ... Teenager
Simon Lipscombe Simon Lipscombe ... Teenager
Omid Nooshin Omid Nooshin
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After an evening at the fair, a mom and her son (Jess is about 10 years old) stop for petrol on their way home. Jess fills the gas tank and then gets in the back seat. She leaves the keys in the SUV and goes into the mini-mart for snacks. Two carjackers have been watching the car; one goes into the market to block the door while the other jumps in the SUV and drives off, Jess in the back seat. The mom runs from the store and commandeers the accomplice to give chase. Mother, son, and the thieves are in pairings that must end badly for someone. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Wow--talk about making your adrenalin rush!!
25 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a dandy short film from the UK about a real-life carjacking. The film begins with a mother going in to pay for gas at the station. Her son and the keys are in the car when one carjacker steals the car while his partner distracts the mother. When the car goes, the mom panics and makes the partner (who she doesn't realize is in on it) chase the other vehicle. After a while, it's obvious that the guy in the chase vehicle isn't trying to catch the car and the mother bails out and runs after the stolen car on foot--leading to one of the tensest moments I've seen in a very long time! Exceptionally realistic acting, great direction and a wonderful sense of suspense make this a dynamic film. The only negative is that when the film ended, I was left with a lot of questions about the real robbery this was based upon and wish I could talk to the director about this--but how? Brilliant!


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GBP20,000 (estimated)
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