Movie Review: Panic Room ****


A recently divorced mother moves to her new house with her diabetic daughter. When the burglars break in the first night, she along with her daughter take refuge in the panic room not knowing what the thieves are looking for is hidden in the same room.

This David Fincher thriller is sure to give you time of your life. Any other director could have gone overboard with the narration and made it look over the top thriller which is far from reality. This is Fincher’s mastery which keeps the movie real and nail-biting with twists and turns. Sure every movie gets a bit predictable but it should have the elements to surprise you time and again and it is in abundance here.

Coming to the star cast what can I say? Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Kristen Stewart, you can’t ask for more. Jodie Foster know a thing or two about thriller as it is her forte but the real star here has to be Forest Whitaker with his solid performance portraying a character with contracting shades.

It is difficult to make a thriller and especially when it is shot in a single house or room. You need to make it interesting with great camera work and sound. Also lighting has a major part to play. One of the master of this craft was Hitchcock. This movie surly has elements of his style of film making. Panic room might make you feel a bit claustrophobic at times but if you can deal with it then don’t miss it.

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