- PANIC ROOM
- 2002, David Fincher, USA, 112 min.
- With Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker
“PANIC ROOM is scary enough to do for downtown living what JAWS did for beaches.”
—Keith Phipps, The A.V. Club
“A thinking-man's women-in-jeopardy picture...Smartly plotted, convincingly acted and brilliantly executed.”
—Todd McCarthy, Variety
PANIC ROOM is Fincher’s most straightforward genre film, tapping the vein of trapped-in-the-apartment classics like DIAL M FOR MURDER and WAIT UNTIL DARK. As one might expect, it’s expertly made, with enough of Fincher’s trademark visual ambition (he wanted it to be one of the darkest movies ever made) and neo-Kubrickian sang-froid to let us know who’s running the show. A newly-separated mother (Foster, at her tense best) and her diabetic daughter (Stewart, in her first standout role) move into a Manhattan brownstone. They are soon menaced by three burglars and forced to take refuge in the fortress-like chamber of the title--but is it a sanctuary or a trap? 35mm widescreen. (MR)