Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Juiced-Up 'Panic Room'

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Juiced-Up 'Panic Room'

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"Panic Room" takes its title from the latest fashionable twist in urban paranoia, a sealed-off chamber where beleaguered folks can hide from crime or catastrophe.

There's a nicely outfitted one in David Fincher's thriller, complete with secure phone line, video views of the house's other rooms, and the kind of steel-trap doorway that used to provide a shuddery chill in science-fiction films ("Forbidden Planet") and horror movies ("The Raven") but now seems like just another realistic detail.

And, oh yes, there's a safe embedded in the floor, holding a fortune in bonds. That's what the bad guys are after when they break into the oversized townhouse where Jodie Foster and her young daughter have just moved, putting them through a night's worth of familiar suspense-picture routines.

Aiming for a distinctive look, "Panic Room" takes a minimalist approach to the thriller genre, centering almost all the action on five characters in one place during a single three-hour period. …

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