Panic Room

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Starring:Jodie Foster
Directed By: David Fincher
Rated: Rated PG-13 for violence, languages and people panicking in rooms

Final Grade:

Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her daughter are going through tough times. Her husband has left her, and in the process of finding a new home they stumble across an old house, with a mysterious Panic Room inside, designed to keep anyone from entering it once someone is locked inside. When 3 men try to find a forgotten about Millionare’s secret stash in the house, Meg runs into the panic room for safety. Little did she know, their fortune lies in the room with her, and the men will not stop until they get it.

When I saw the preview for Panic Room, I thought it was going to be a mediocre film but hoped that it would prove me wrong. But when I heard that it was directed by David Fincher (Fight Club) I became more psyched for the movie. However, even the maker of a brillant film as fight club makes his slew of Soon Forgotten Films. Supposedly suspenseful, the movie revolved around Jodie Foster trying to call for help while trapped in the room that her assailants want in. Apparently it never occured to her that she probably could have just given them the money and they would have left, nor did it ever occur to her that she could run out for help while they argued amongst themselves. It seemed the only time this occured to her was at the most inoppertune time, so she was forced to retreat back to her panic room barely escaping. Fincher tried to play up one of the robbers, Burnham, (Forrest Whitaker) as “criminal with a heart” only doing this to save his family, but that only made the movie more predicable.

Panic Room can be summed up as one of those suspense movies that you’ll see today and forget by next week. Its predictable plot (or lack there of) leaves you feel like you are missing something, and almost seems cheesy in spots. It’s really sad that the main character had to be a female, so Jodie Foster was casted. This would have been a role John Travolta would have given his firstborn son for. (For those of you who don’t know me, thats NOT a compliment!) Overall, it’s not worth your money, at least not while its playing for $6.25, check it out at the $1 theater if you must.

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