Movie Review: Panic Room

October 9, 2002

Panic Room was a peculiarly well-timed thriller, given how our sense of security has been somewhat shaken by the events of 9/11. No-one feels as safe any more and this could almost been seen as a metaphor of the American condition since the events of that fateful day.

In Panic Room, Jodie Foster plays a recently separated wife of a rich man who moves into a rambling New York brownstone mansion. Its principal attraction is a “panic room” a safe-like chamber intended to protect the residents from attack or home invasion.

It proves a useful feature when three bandits raid the house thinking it empty in search of a fortune that has been left there. The terrorised mother and daughter take sanctuary in the steel lined room until they realise that the loot is actually hidden in the panic room itself.

David Fincher directs this lean and intense thriller with the same flair that he brought to Fight Club and Se7en. He is a master of suspense and works well within this incredibly confined setting, creating a palpable sense of claustrophobia and cloying threat. Jodie Foster is one actress who doesn’t shrink from exposing her vulnerability and you can sense real fear from her. As her daughter Kristen Stewart is perfectly cast and she has that casual swagger that one remembers from Foster herself as a child. As the lead bandit, Forest Whittaker brings humanity and a strong sense of empathy to his role while Jared Leto and Dwight Yoakam are suitably oily as the desperate villains.

Panic Room is perhaps one of the best thrillers in years. When you watch it on DVD, you might want to check your locks later.

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