Movies

C+

Panic Room

Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Kristen Stewart, Dwight Yoakam; Director: David Fincher; Author: David Koepp; Release Date Wide: 03/29/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 108; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

All too quickly, David Fincher’s adrenalized, characteristically gruesome thriller, about a wealthy, divorced woman (Jodie Foster) and her daughter (Kristen Stewart) hiding out from a trio of trespassers in the secret lockdown room of their Manhattan town house, abandons the interesting premise of New York City urban threat for an average, violent cat-and-mouse game. The three intruders arrive with personalities as broad as vaudeville, while Foster’s character changes from intriguing, uptight divorcee to generic gonna-make-it-after-all woman who can swing a mean mallet in self-defense. C+

Originally posted April 12 2002 — 12:00 AM EDT

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