in their New York apartment's "panic room", a hidden chamber
built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, a newly-divorced
woman, Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her young daughter, Sarah,
play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders during
a brutal home invasion. What do you do when your hiding place
is their destination?...
answer to this question is... not a lot, actually. Apart from
sitting in the room and avoiding all the things the bad guys
do to try and get in. The main problem with Panic Room
is that it tries to create a fear in the viewer from something
that is not very scary - being trapped in a room and all the
horrible things that this could entail. But it never succeeds
because the heroine is never really trapped.
only that, but the bad guys are laughably dim. All except
for the big lug who fitted the panic room in the first place.
But he is too nice to be involved in such a scheme and by
the conclusion of the movie you really feel for this guy who
wants to be good, but life has obviously crapped on him from
a great height.
am claustrophobic, but the fact that the exit was always there
as an option eased most of the tension that should have been
an integral part of this movie. Also, can anyone please tell
me why the guy who installed the room in the first place didn't
use the intercom unit (which we see Jodie Foster's character
using later) to talk to Ms Foster in the first place. That
way a long movie could have been shortened to the 20 mins
of screen time it really only warrants.
of the performances are above average, it's just that there's
very little script present to keep up the momentum.
You do get plenty of shots of Ms Foster running around with
her cleavage swinging from side to side. I'm sorry, but not
even that can make this into a watchable movie.
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