Panic RoomMarch 29, 2002
A woman and her teenage daughter become imprisoned in the panic room of their own house by 3 criminals.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 6.9/10 (97,436 voted)
Critic's Score: 65/100
Stars: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker
Recently divorced Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don't stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room.
Andrew Kevin Walker
It was supposed to be the safest room in the house
Release Date: 29 March 2002
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $30,056,751
(31 March 2002)
(9 June 2002)
Did You Know?
The phone number that Meg dials to order pizza from Patsy's Pizza is mentioned to be 579-3000. The area code for Manhattan is 212; the number 212-579-3000 is, in reality, for Patsy's Pizzeria.
It is clearly raining outside, yet when Burnham is in the house, he is completely dry.
I wrote it all down: 4,200 square feet, four floors. Perfect. Courtyard in back, south-facing garden. Perfect.
Shouldn't we just wait for the car service?
No, we'll sit in traffic forever.
Is that the listing sheet?
There is no listing sheet. I heard about it this morning. It'll be gone by this afternoon.
Well, how many more after this one.
None. You know how tight the market is.
Utterly predictable and dumb… I cannot Believe Jodie is here!
I really love Jodie. I heard that she had rejected Hannibal millions
dollars job offer because its script was stupid. So what in the Earth
made her accept working in this piece of garbage called Panic Room?
Forest Whitaker is a great actor too. I cannot believe both of them
appear here! I would give no stars to this movie, but these 2 great
actors make me save their performance.
Producers made a big mistake with the casting. Probably they spent all
the money paying Jodie and Forest, so they put only garbage actors to
complete the group. This is not unusual. The masked criminal does not
look menacing without his mask at all. And the little girl is cute and
a good actress but she seems a boy. In fact, when I watched the trailer
I thought it was a boy! She not only seems a boy because of her haircut
but because she has boys manners!
The storyline is stupid from the very first minute. Anyway the movie
was good at first specially because the camera amazing movements and
CGI. After the bad guys break into the house everything is very
predictable, full of plot holes and it goes only to show the characters
1- Why do they get a house so big while they are only 2 small people?
This house is for about 5 people! Without live-in help it is impossible
to have that house clean!
2- There are lots of noises when the guys first talk takes place, they
even shout (in lower voice), Meg cannot sleep, she is wide awake but
she does not hear ANYTHING.
3- Why the guys do not leave the girls alone trapped inside the
elevator if what they want is in the panic room?
4- The 911 never put you on hold, and if so, I might think they are
able to track your call and send an unit.
5- The fire thing is no real. Gas does not remain in the ceiling and
also the carafe outside should have exploited burning the 3 criminals
and the explosion should be noisy enough to alert neighbors.
6- It is incredible that both mom and daughter do not wonder what the
criminals want from the room and try to negotiate.
7- At first it is impossible to talk from outside to inside, but later
it is! Sounds strange that the big guy who built the room does not know
about the intercom and this new owner does.
8- At the end, it is stupid that Burnham comes back to the house
because he hears a shout, the police sirens were sounded nearby
already. Also it is stupid that Burnham let the bank bonds go with the
wind, because he could have raised his hands keeping the papers in his
I will not continue with plot holes because it would be endless, but I
have to say that I am tired of "Terminator skills" at the end of all
thrillers. How can I guy survive while he has a hand damaged, he is
hammered on the head and he fell one floor down? He still has a
supernatural strength to fight 3 people! As I said all the movie is
predictable from the start to the end. If you watch this movie with
someone else I suggest a guessing game and probably you will guess
everything! For example, what do you think a neighbor will do if
someone in front is bothering him with flashing lights? I understand
the Morse code idea, but face it… only a few among regular people get
Another thing, the finale is tasteless… I felt saying "And where is
the panic that appeared in the movie title?"