Home alone with her daughter Sarah, Meg finds herself and Sarah retreating to the panic room of their house when three burglars enter. Before long Meg realizes the three are desperately trying to break into the panic room which also contains a vault.
Jodie Foster (Meg), Kristen Stewart (Sarah), Forest Whitaker (Burnham), Dwight Yoakam (Raoul), Jared Leto (Junior), Patrick Bauchau (Stephen), Ann Magnuson (Lydia), Ian Buchanan (Evan), Paul Schulze (Office Keeney).
Panic Room starts off a bit slow before the burglars show up and things start to get really interesting. Once the girls are trapped in the panic room the tension in this thriller notches up a few notches. Realizing she will need to sneak out of the panic room eventually, Meg venturing out with the burglars still in the house cranks up the tension even more. And it doesn’t stop there, the tension keeps building through the end of the film which is a bit of a happy ending but well done.
Acting was good in Panic Room. Foster did a good job of presenting the terror one would feel in such a situation. Stewart did nicely with her role also delivering nice emotion. Whitaker was his usual while Yoakam was an interesting addition and played a scumbag very well. The remainder of the support cast was solid and added nicely.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were simple but well done with an authentic feel and good attention to detail. Physical effects were also nicely done and fit the film well. Dialogue kept the film moving between action scenes and was good. Sound and soundtrack were well done.
Overall Panic Room is a very good thriller with a decent plot, and very good acting. The film keeps a good pace and does a great job of continually building on the tension up through the end. Crime thriller fans will enjoy this the most.
With plenty of foul language and violence this should be fine for older teens and above.
Panic Room is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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