Some of the steam has been let out of David Fincher’s ego, thus allowing a decently suspenseful thriller.Jodi Foster and her young daughter move into an old-styled but beautiful and spacious Manhattan home. They are not even all the way unpacked when a trio of burglars break in and force Foster and her daughter into the house’s safe-guarded and ultra-secure panic room. Problem being, what the burglars want is in that room. So back-and-forth it goes, a tension building exchange as the mice-like duo inventively try to come up with viable alternatives to buy them time and safety. Meanwhile, the cats, in varying degrees of vengefulness, struggle to get in and out with what they are after. Fincher, for the most part, abstains from technological guises. Only in his anguine camera movements, to a large extent boosted by the assistance of computer animation, does Fincher go out of his way to steadily breeze around the multi-leveled house. The cultivated tension remains strong throughout, added to by the personality of the house itself, which is satisfyingly upheld.
With Forest Whitaker, Kristen Stewart, Jared Leto and Dwight Yoakam.[Worth-seeing]