Panic Room

by Michael Alderete on 4/6/2002

I saw Jodie Foster’s Panic Room yesterday. Very solid, very tense thriller. Jodie is awesome, Forest Whitaker is his usual excellent self, and Dwight Yoakam, of all people, is the scarier of the two psychos in the movie.

The writing is excellent. This isn’t a movie filled with jack-in-the-box surprises that make you jerk in your seat (or scream), but does have plenty of “faster, faster” moments where you’re trying to help out by leaning into where you want things to go. The movie plays fair: no tricks or rabbits out of a hat to end the picture — something that happens all too often in this kind of film. Highly recommended.

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