David Fincher’s focused urban siege thriller has curiosity value for Twilight fans, as Kristen Stewart, who was only 11 when the movie was released in the States, plays Jodie Foster’s daughter. The pair are unexpectedly trapped behind the steel door of the titular refuge when their palatial New York brownstone is breached. Written by David Koepp, the film’s skill is in using every inch of what’s between the home’s four walls to build tension, as the burglars, led by Jared Leto and Forest Whitaker, seek to gain entry to the panic room, where the safe is. “Action mom” Foster does her damnedest to repel borders, while Stewart complicates matters by having a diabetic seizure. Threat levels rise along with the ingenuity of both parties, and we’ll all be double-checking the bolts before bedtime.
It’s a case of who’s conning who when the gun industry is put on trial because of a maniac’s shooting spree. Gene Hackman oozes vulpine cool as the jury fixer, Dustin Hoffman is all heart as a crusading lawyer, but whose side are John Cusack and Rachel Weisz on? It’s fun to find out.
There are difficult relationships and really difficult relationships, but when Teresa Palmer’s new beau (Nicholas Hoult) turns out to be a flesh-eating zombie she thinks twice before taking him home to meet mum.