Panic Room Review by Tarek Fayoumi


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How intense does robbery get? As soon as “Panic Room” got intense, my fists clenched into feeling kind of scared by how suspenseful it gets. “Panic Room” is a clever thriller done by talented director David Fincher, but it just goes all out violent over an object criminals want in one room.

“Panic Room” gears on the character Meg Altman (played by Jodie Foster) who is seeking a home to take a break from her lying husband along with her daughter Sarah (played by Kristen Stewart). They all of  a sudden run into a home that has a new installation which is called a “panic room.” What happens all of  a sudden though is that at like one in the morning criminals go with a plan made in advance to steal million of dollars in the house that is hidden.

The criminals are Junior (played by Jared Leto), Burnham (played by Forest Whitaker), and Raoul (played by Dwight Yoakam). They all showed up at the home confused due to Junior’s mistake of misinterpreting when exactly they move in due to the research he does on homes to break into. Burnham is against the idea, since he is not a violent person but has financial issues. Raoul, on the other hand is the most dangerous of the three, he wears a face mask and actually has a gun. They decide to attempt to get the cash while the Meg and her daughter are in the home.

Given the fact that Junior is over his head and is loud and obnoxious, this causes Meg to realize people are in her home (thanks to the high-tech camera systems installed) and she snatches her daughter and they lock themselves into the steel room aka the “panic room.” Now with no phone connection, no way out, and criminals not leaving until they get what they want, Meg is in for a suspenseful, long night.

This film is grisly entertaining, and also funny at some moments. However, it just gets too violent. Fincher thought about making the film in pitch black darkness but figured that would be impractical therefore he left it light. That was a better idea given the fact that the film is already harrowing enough as it reaches its climax.

“Panic Room” is good and I like it but its not amazing. Two and a half stars.

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