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Panic Attack! (2009)

Ataque de Pánico (original title)
Giant robots invade Montevideo.


Fede Alvarez


Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues (as Rodolfo Sayaguez)


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Credited cast:
Diego Garrido Diego Garrido
Pedro Luque Pedro Luque ... Guy in the car
Rodo Sayagues ... Guy at the phone (as Rodolfo Sayaguez)


Giant robots invade Montevideo.

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Release Date:

5 November 2009 (Uruguay) See more »

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Panic Attack! See more »

Filming Locations:

Montevideo, Uruguay


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$300 (estimated)
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The Figures Don't Add Up
30 April 2014 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

A young boy sits on a bench in mist strewn Montevideo . A loud rhythmic clump is heard and looks up to see an invasion of giant robots set to conquer the Earth is under way

There's a fair amount of hype surrounding this short film in that its budget is a mere three hundred dollars . I find this very difficult to believe because it uses the soundtrack of John Murphy's score for 28 DAYS LATER . If Murphy's permission has been sought then perhaps might have charged more than $300 ? Or perhaps he allowed it for free . Or perhaps permission wasn't used at all ? I have no way of knowing but I sincerely doubt that PANIC ATTACK cost three hundred dollars and was considerably more that the figure quoted . My cynical feeling is down to the fact that much of the buzz surrounding PANIC ATTACK is simply because of its very low cost and the number of people who are quick to say it puts Hollywood blockbusters to shame

This type of hyperbole does damage the short film . There's nothing bad about it but it doesn't have much of an existence outside of the special effects team conjuring up some imagery of a city being invaded by giant robots and flying saucers which owes more than a little to INDEPENDENCE DAY . It's not inherently bad but does feel like a very obvious calling card by the director and his effects team and I did find Murphy's soundtrack distracting

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