2. Sot Jodie Foster, on panic rooms and security: "I have to say Panic rooms like this that are all decked out , I don't think there are too many, it is pretty rare. But when you go and buy an alarm system the alarm technician will come in and say you should designate a safe area, a panic room per se that doesn't have a window, that has a door that you can double lock and bolt, dead bolted and you have your phone line that is connected in even if everything gets cut. That is something that is pretty common."
3. Film Clip 'Panic Room'
4. Sot Jodie Foster: "Yes there were moments where you being stuck in a closet isn't fun, but I have to say if I was going to get stuck in one Kristen Stewart is the way to go, she is great. "
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6. Sot Forest Whitaker: "I think this is a really good film. I think it is a classic piece, it represents a merging I think in some ways of the classic filmmaking and pushing that medium forward into the day of technology today and I think it also has a great degree of hope inside the film and I think that is something that is needed in this time and so I feel good about it. "
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8. Sot Forest Whitaker: "I think the character that does things that are inherently bad, by breaking into the house, attacking these women and trying to break in, putting gas into the room. And so there is no chance that he is going to be considered saccharine by doing those deeds. "
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10. Sot Jodie Foster on why she chose to do the film: "It is just a brilliant script where every detail was architected out and you could completely see how the tone of the film evolved and the excitement and the pitches and the feverishness and how it would lay down in certain areas."
JODIE FOSTER RETURNS TO BIG SCREEN IN 'PANIC ROOM'
After a break from the big screen, Jodie Foster is back in a new thriller 'The Panic Room'.
Foster stars as Meg Altman, a recently divorced mother who has bought a New York brownstone complete with its own panic room.
The room was built for the eccentric millionaire who used to live there, and incorporates video monitors that cover the whole house, its own independent phone line, a thick steel door and enough food and water to survive for a month.
The very first night Meg and her young daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart - 'The Safety of Objects') spend alone in their new home, burglars break in. Meg and Sarah quickly retreat to the room - unaware the robbers' target is inside it with them.
The night turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the intruders - Burnham (Forest Whitaker - 'Ghost Dog, The Way of the Samurai', 'Phenomenon'), Raoul (Dwight Yoakama- ' The Minus Man', 'The Newton Boys') and Junior (Jared Leto -'American Psycho', 'Fight Club') - who will stop at nothing to get into Meg and Sarah's last sanctuary.
According to internet film site reports, Nicole Kidman was initially going to play Meg, but had to pull out due to a knee injury.
Foster stepped in to replace her, making 'Panic Room' the latest credit in a long list that includes 'Contact', 'Nell', 'The Silence of the Lambs', 'Little Man Tate' and 'The Accused'. She says that despite the fact that she was pregnant during a very physical movie - it was still a great experience. But the star also says that her priorities have changed to motherhood rather than movies and it takes a great script to get her on board.
The film is the latest from acclaimed director DAVID FINCHER, the man behind 'Fight Club', 'Se7en' and 'Alien 3'.
According to the filmmakers, the idea of a panic room is not so far fetched - demand for the modern equivalent of a bunker has escalated in America, with wealthy homeowners and business corporations paying up to 100 thousand dollars (US) for a bolt hole inside their homes and offices, in case of riot, earthquake or worse.
The practise of keeping an area secure and hidden in the event of attack dates back centuries. In the middle ages there were castle keeps in the tallest tower of European fortresses likely to be attacked, and during the English civil war catholics would hide in often tiny spaces known as 'priest holes' to escape their protestant persecutors.
Storm and bomb shelters, and even government war rooms all follow the same principle. Yet hopefully few plunge their inhabitants into the same close quarters turmoil.
'Panic Room' is released in N America this weekend (29MAR).