Year: 2002
USA & UK: Columbia TriStar
Cast: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakam, Patrick Bauchau, Ian Buchanan, Ann Magnuson, Andrew Kevin Walker, Holt McCallany, Mel Rodriguez, Paul Schulze
Director: David Fincher
Country: USA
USA: 112 mins
UK: 111 mins
USA Rated: R for violence and language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and violence
USA Release Date: 29 March 2002
UK Release Date: 3 May 2002


The panic room, a chamber built as a sanctuary, consisting of four concrete walls, a buried phone line separate to the house's main line, its own ventilation system and a bank of surveillance monitors that covers nearly every corner of the house plus an impenetrable door made of thick steel - is for safety's sake the best place to be if a break-in occurs.

Having recently moved into their New York brownstone equipped with a panic room, newly divorced Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her young daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) seek refuge there when this happens.

Trapped in their New York brownstone's panic room, Meg and Sarah play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders - Burnham (Forest Whitaker), Raoul (Dwight Yoakam) and Junior (Jared Leto) - during a brutal home invasion. But the room itself is the focal point because what the intruders really want is inside it.