Panic Room review by Rosa Powell
David Fincher is well known for his dark thrillers, so he follows through with yet another with Panic Room, about, well… I think you guessed it.
The film focuses on Meg and Sarah Altman (Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart respectively) as they are held hostage in their own panic room, thanks to three robbers. The film takes place in one place, in the space of one night. This may put viewers off, but you will be missing out on something special. This film has real suspense, especially in a particular über-slow sequence featuring Meg running out of the room. Stewart in an unexpected gem, giving one of her greatest performances, years before she became known to a generation as Bella Swan. Jared Leto appears yet again (he was also in a small film by Fincher about fighting, you may have heard of it) as Junior, the head of these crooks. He is a highlight, giving another favourable performance. One character that seems like a waste was Raoul (played by a faceless Dwight Yoakam, as he wore a mask for 90% of the film). The performance was dire and the character himself seemed to be uninteresting.
The end didn’t feel developed enough, and it was sudden. Having watching all of his films however, I conclude that this isn’t Fincher’s best. But it isn’t his worst, either.