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Panic Room (2001)
Director: David Fincher

review by Amy C. Adair

If you're looking for nail-biting suspense, Panic Room makes an excellent rental. It is an uncluttered story about a woman and her daughter that move into a New York apartment with a 'panic room' in case of break-ins, and they end up having to use it on their first night. The intruders (Dwight Yoakam, Jared Leto, and Forrest Whitaker) unfortunately, have come for one specific thing - and it's in the panic room.
   The characters have to negotiate with each other - sometimes for their lives. Kristen Stewart's resemblance to Jodie Foster as her daughter is uncanny. She is quite good for so young an actor. The lines of good and bad blur in Whitaker's character, Burnham. His character's complexness threatens to steal the movie, and is sharp in comparison to Foster's underdeveloped Meg Altman. But actions speak louder than words, and the pacing and intensity of this movie keep it alive and well.
   The edgy cinematography also becomes almost another character. We are given the viewpoints not just of the characters, but the camera can move through walls and tight spaces with ease. The camera angles add to the suspense, leaving us wondering where we will be taken next. It also leaves you with the feeling that this is definitely groundbreaking cinema.
Panic Room
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