Panic Room (2002) – A David Fincher Film

Panic Room - A David Fincher Film

Last updated on April 3rd, 2018 at 12:19 pm

Pick up David Fincher’s any creation and you will find the movie interesting for one reason or other. The movie I’m going to talk about is Panic Room – one of Fincher’s earliest films. The film has its simplicity to keep you engaged and on the edge of the seat till the very end. With a stellar star cast, the likes of Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker, Panic Room is indeed a must watch thriller.

Well, before coming to the plot, I would say it straight that I had watched this film long back while in school then with very limited exposure to English language films. So, I had to watch it again to write this short post.

Plot: “Panic Room” tells the story of a middle-aged woman Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah (Steward) who purchases a large luxurious house in Manhattan. The unique thing of the house is that it has a special room, named panic room, installed to protect the occupants from intruders. With video surveillance units and separate telephone line services, it is believed to be the safest place in the house.

Interestingly, both Meg and Sarah were forced to take shelter in the panic room on the very first night when three intruders break into their house. But what happens later makes the film more interesting, as the intruders are actually looking for the same room, in order to get hold of a huge amount of money stored by the previous owner of the house in a very sophisticated locker inside the room.

Now, both the intruders and the occupants have to play their tricks in order to survive. While the intruders try their best to force Meg and Sarah out of the panic room, Meg use every props available inside the room to remain safe as long as possible.

Before directing “Panic Room,” director David Fincher has already been know for another terrific film named Fight Club. So, there is no doubt that you will notice his class of direction in this film as well.

One thing, I really liked about the film is the idea of using available resources (e.g. the telephone line, gas cylinder or the vent) to make the story move forward. This makes the whole scenario believable in addition to the performances of Foster, Stewart and Whitetaker.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakam, Patrick Bauchau

Directed by: David Fincher
Genre: Thriller

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