If it wasn’t for the metallic room, which is almost a character in itself because it holds such an importance in the story, this movie could have given us If I Die Before I Wake. Many elements are found in both stories. Panic Room shows originality and uses its characters to the maximum; If I Die Before I Wake, on the other hand, is shocking and realistic.
A simple idea, such as a robbery, can become very interesting in the hands of David Fincher. Each occasion to astonish is fully exploited. Furthermore, with actors like these, boredom is not an option. However, we are presented with the unscrupulous robber, the thief with a conscience and the mysterious burglar: it is difficult to have more of a cliché!
The film has its problems and they persist from the start to the end. I had a sour aftertaste of Home Alone : Meg and her daughter take immense risks, too immense for the situation. They litterally play with fire to the extreme. Two main coincidences are joined to give birth to more action but are a bit far fetched : Meg is claustrophobic and her daughter, diabetic. Therefore, it is to their advantage in finding a solution to their problem, and fast!
A film like thise one tears you away from your daily life to impose a constant shiver. It is a well realized thriller with a certain visual and auditive charm. It has its part of violence, revenge and surprises.