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Everybody's a critic - 'Panic Room'

Friday, April 12, 2002

How many times do we have to watch a woman -- always in her underwear -- hear a noise in the dark basement, open the door and go on down? Everyone but her knows what's down there.

The next move is always known in this movie. Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her daughter move into a huge New York brownstone with a safe room (panic room) built by the previous owner for disasters and invasions. The very first night, three burglars show up to rob the place, and guess where the money is --- yes, the panic room.

A kind of who's-on-first routine ensues with Foster and the robbers switching places in the panic room. It turns into "Home Alone" for adults as the inept burglars try to get Foster and she runs around bonging them with a sledgehammer.

The first time Foster is in the panic room she is claustrophobic. This should have been more integral to the story.

Not a great movie but entertaining.

- Dan Braswell, utility worker


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