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The panic room

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

What would you do when your hiding place is their destination?

Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) move into an upper west side brownstone, only to find they are not the only ones with a keen interest in their new address. Three intruders break in, forcing mother and child into the "panic room". Stockpiled with food, water and watching the progress of the intruders via closed-circuit TV, the mother soon must face grave problems both inside and outside of her sanctuary.

Persons of interest

  • Jodie Foster .... Meg Altman
  • Kristen Stewart .... Sarah
  • Forest Whitaker .... Burnham
  • Jared Leto .... Junior
  • Dwight Yoakam .... Raoul
  • Patrick Bauchau .... Stephen
  • Ian Buchanan .... Evan
  • Ann Magnuson .... Lydia Lynch
  • David Koepp .... Screenwriter
  • David Fincher .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Home alone 4: The revenge.

The panic room is a thriller based on the phenomenon of "home invasion", a fancy new phrase for what used to be called "burglary" or "break and enter". In the first half of the film you see all the good bits that were in the trailer; it's not until the second half that you get into the real thriller bits; it's hard to be too thrilled when you know what's going to happen. It's also hard to be thrilled when the home team (mother and daughter) just happen to have illnesses that force them out of the panic room and into the house, also when the away team just happen to be a collection of misfit, inexperienced, psychopathic, bumbling criminals-come-lately: you know who's going to die, who isn't (or, more precisely, who can't) and who's going to change teams in injury time.

That said, if you aren't a smart arse, cynical, know it all film critic then you can reasonably expect to be surprised and thrilled by The panic room, especially by the "what would you do?" factor. Claustraphobics will also find something to worry about. The panic room is a slightly above average Hollywood film, so you know what to expect [in more ways than one - Director of Intelligence].

Bonus points for the most imaginative opening title sequence I have seen in a very long time.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS
  • Disc: Single side, single layer
  • Features:
    • Picture disc
    • Talent profiles
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 2.40:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Subtitles: English, English Captions, Dutch, Hindi

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

107 minutes (1:47 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 18 April 2002
DVD rental: 16 October 2002
VHS rental: 16 October 2002

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