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* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Raoul after [[spoiler:getting the panic room door slammed shut on his hand]].


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* WhyDidntIThinkOfThat: When Raoul sees [[spoiler:Meg taking out the cameras with the robbers' sledgehammer]], he reacts, "Why the hell didn't ''we'' do that?"


* CoverInnocentEyesAndEars: Meg shields Sarah's eyes from [[spoiler:Junior being killed by Raoul]].
* CurseCutShort: Invoked. The panic room has cameras around the house, but not audio. When Burnham silently informs Meg and Sarah that he knows they don't have a phone line -- rendering their previous threat of having called the cops moot -- we then hear Junior say "You're full of sh--" before it cuts to a panic room shot of him swearing silently on camera.



* DeadpanSnarker: Evan, the guy showing Meg around the house at the beginning. Also Sarah.

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* DeadpanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker:
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Evan, the guy showing Meg around the house at the beginning. Also Sarah.beginning.
** Being a smartass is also one of Sarah's defining character traits from the start of the film.



-->'''Raoul''': That's seven years bad luck.

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-->'''Raoul''': That's seven years years' bad luck.



* OhCrap: Meg, when she notices the three intruders on the panic room's security feeds.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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Meg, when she notices the three intruders on the panic room's security feeds.



--> '''Burnham:''' Turn the gas off. ''[...]'' Turn the gas off ''right now''.
** Sarah has a similar reaction when she realizes what her Mom was about to do.
--> '''Sarah:''' Oh my God.

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--> ---> '''Burnham:''' Turn the gas off. ''[...]'' Turn the gas off ''right now''.
** Sarah has a similar reaction when she realizes what her Mom was mom is about to do.
--> ---> '''Sarah:''' Oh my God.



* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler:During the climax, Raoul, rather than escape the house with the bearer bonds along with Burnham, decides to stay behind and try to murder Meg, Sarah and Stephen for causing him so much trouble, in spite of his numerous horrible injuries. This comes back to bite him when Burnham decides he can't just leave the Almans to die.]]

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* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler:During the climax, Raoul, rather than escape the house with the bearer bonds along with Burnham, decides to stay behind and try to murder Meg, Sarah and Stephen for causing him so much trouble, in spite of his numerous horrible injuries. This comes back to bite him when Burnham decides he can't just leave the Almans Altmans to die.]]



* SayingTooMuch: While discussing splitting the money, [[spoiler:Junior casually notes that he'll be walking away with $800,000-900,000. The others realize that, with the other grandchildren and Junior's likely being a black sheep of the family, there's ''way'' more in the panic room safe than he initially let on.]]



* ShowerOfAngst: Meg, still broken over her husband leaving her, cries in the bathtub.

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* ShowerOfAngst: Downplayed; Meg, still broken over her husband leaving her, cries weeps in the bathtub.bathtub and downs a glass of wine.



* TechnicolorFire: Blue.

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* TechnicolorFire: Blue.[[spoiler:The propane fire Meg ignites is bright blue.]]



* WhamLine: "Say that shit about the money again, babycakes."
* WouldHurtAChild: Raoul implies that he plans to kill Sarah, and at one point outright threatens to do it. He also punches her across the room in the final fight.

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* WhamLine: "Say that shit about the money again, babycakes."
* WouldHurtAChild: Raoul implies that he plans to kill Sarah, and at one point outright threatens to do it. He [[spoiler:He also punches her across the room in the final fight.]]




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Do not confuse it for the videogame level of the same name in both ''VideoGame/PaydayTheHeist'' and ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' (the latter being a remake of the former).


** [[spoiler: Sarah attempts to return the favor, stabbing Raoul repeatedly with a handful of hypodermic needles when he attacks Meg]].



* MsFanservice: Meg spends most of the movie in a low-cut halter top.



* NobodyPoops: Averted. Meg is shown going to the toilet in the middle of the night and her urinating is audible.

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* NobodyPoops: Averted. Meg is shown going to the toilet in the middle of the night and her urinating is audible. There's also a conspicuous toilet in the panic room, although no one uses it.


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* POVCam: When Meg gets Raoul's gun and points it at the panic room, ready for the bad guys to emerge, there's a shot from her point of view looking down the length of the gun.


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* WhamLine: "Say that shit about the money again, babycakes."


Recently-divorced Meg Altman (Foster) and her 12-year-old daughter Sarah (Stewart) move into a [[BigFancyHouse four-story Manhattan brownstone]] which has a fortified "panic room" in case of home invasion. Late at night, three burglars--Burnham (Creator/ForestWhitaker), Junior (Creator/JaredLeto), and Raoul (Music/DwightYoakam)--break in looking for money hidden in the house by the previous owner. The two women lock themselves up in the room, but are unable to call for help. Worse yet, the money was stored in the panic room and the burglars have no issue going through the new owners to get it (also, originally unbeknownst to them, it was ''far'' more than they had been told it was, and in the form of bearer bonds).

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Recently-divorced Meg Altman (Foster) and her 12-year-old daughter Sarah (Stewart) move into a [[BigFancyHouse four-story Manhattan brownstone]] which has a fortified "panic room" in case of home invasion. Late at night, three burglars--Burnham burglars -- Burnham (Creator/ForestWhitaker), Junior (Creator/JaredLeto), and Raoul (Music/DwightYoakam)--break (Music/DwightYoakam) -- break in looking for money hidden in the house by the previous owner. The two women lock themselves up in the room, but are unable to call for help. Worse yet, the money was stored in the panic room and the burglars have no issue going through the new owners to get it (also, originally unbeknownst to them, it was ''far'' more than they had been told it was, and in the form of bearer bonds).

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Writer David Koepp got the idea for the film from an article in The New York Times about "safe rooms" and getting stuck inside an elevator in his own brownstone.

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Burnham to Junior:
-->'''Burnham:''' This is what I do; if some idiot with a sledgehammer could break in do you really think I'd still have a job?

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Meg's decision to temporarily leave the panic room to get her cell phone from under her bed would have gone smoothly...had she not decided to [[WithCatLikeTread run out like a bat out of hell]] and clumsily reach for her phone in a [[JustForPun panic]]. [[spoiler: She inadvertently knocks over a bed lamp and alerts the burglars, giving them just enough time to interfere with Meg and Sarah's plan to call for help at the last second]].


* AllForNothing: [[spoiler:By the end of the film, Raoul and Junior are dead and Burnham is arrested. To add insult to injury, as he's being ordered to stand down to be handcuffed, the satchel with the MacGuffin stocks that were inside the panic room opens and they fly off in the wind.]]



* AxCrazy: Raoul.
* BigBadWannabe: Junior.

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* AxCrazy: Raoul.
Raoul. The man carries a gun and isn't afraid of using it... and shooting people in the head is the more merciful thing he does throughout the film.
* BigBadWannabe: Junior. He tries to be a criminal mastermind, but the idiot pulls off a barrage of poor decisions, starting with not being able to figure out the exact amount of time he had to pull off the heist and ending [[spoiler:with hiring a maniac looking for a reason to kill people... which he gave him by telling him that they were pulling out.]]


* VillainBall: The thieves lampshade their idiocy when [[spoiler:Meg covers the cameras when she is trapped outside of the room and they inside, hiding her and allowing her to set up ambushes. They note they should have done that too]].

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* VillainBall: The thieves lampshade their idiocy when [[spoiler:Meg covers destroys the cameras when she is trapped outside of the room and they inside, hiding her and allowing her to set up ambushes. They note they should have done that too]].


* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Twice, first with the burglars' plan to [[spoiler: swap clothes with Stephan to lure Meg out of the safe room]] and second with Meg's plan to [[spoiler:lure the burglars' out and to a specific place of her choosing so they'll be trapped between Stephan armed with the gun and her armed with the sledgehammer]]. Both go off more or less as planned, though RealityEnsues hard on the second one, mainly because [[spoiler:Stephan's not able to aim well due to his injuries, and a sledgehammer is a really difficult weapon for a small-framed woman to wield effectively]].

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* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Twice, first Twice.
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with the burglars' plan to [[spoiler: swap clothes with Stephan to lure Meg out of the safe room]] and second room]]. This goes off as well as planned.
** Second
with Meg's plan to [[spoiler:lure the burglars' out and to a specific place of her choosing so they'll be trapped between Stephan armed with the gun and her armed with the sledgehammer]]. Both go off more or less as planned, though While it goes mostly to plan, RealityEnsues hard on the second one, mainly because [[spoiler:Stephan's not able to aim well due to his injuries, and a sledgehammer is a really difficult weapon for a small-framed woman to wield effectively]].effectively]].
* VillainBall: The thieves lampshade their idiocy when [[spoiler:Meg covers the cameras when she is trapped outside of the room and they inside, hiding her and allowing her to set up ambushes. They note they should have done that too]].

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* BluffingTheAuthorities: Meg has to do it when two policemen ring her bell.


* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: When Raoul threatens Junior, Junior scoffs at his tough-guy talk: "Don't start spouting some Elmore Leonard bullshit you just heard because I saw that movie too!" [[spoiler: Junior learns too late that Raoul's words were more than just talk.]]

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* TheCavalryArrivesLate: [[spoiler:The police arrives after the big fight. All they have to do is to arrest Burnham who was fleeing.]]


* AllForNothing: Played with [[spoiler:at first, the safe appears to be empty]], then played straight [[spoiler:Burnham is forced to let the bonds go when the police tell him to put his hands up, and they're blown away by the storm.]]


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* MockGuffin: Subverted [[spoiler:at first, the safe appears to be empty]].

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