Starring Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, Kristen Stewart, Dwight Yoakam, Jared Leto, Patrick Bauchau
Efficient. Tense. Compelling.
Burnham: This is what I do; if some idiot with a sledgehammer could break in, do you really think I’d still have a job?
Single location thrillers are a dime-a-dozen. I imagine they’re less expensive to make than most movies, and, besides, there’s a large audience for them. If a film of this sort is going to make any real impression, it’s going to be because of the director and maybe the star. David Fincher is the director of Panic Room, with Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker starring. That sets up the film to be pretty good and I actually think it’s better than most people give it credit for. Foster plays Meg Altman, recently separated from her husband, she moves into a beautiful new house in Manhattan with her daughter, Sarah (Stewart), and, on the very first night, a trio of burglars-Burnham (Whitaker), Raoul (Yoakam), Junior (Leto)-show up with intel on where secret money is hidden by the house’s previous owner. Fortunately, the new house comes equipped with a seemingly impregnable “panic room” where Meg and Sarah can hide out. Unfortunately, however, the panic room is where the secret money is hidden and Burnham is the one who installed the room, so he knows a few tricks. Really compelling thriller with a great performance from its star, Foster, who’s supported by a cast of interesting characters.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-