Panic Room

Factual error: After the intruders flood the panic room with propane, Jody Foster's character gets a lighter and ignites the propane causing it to burn along the ceiling. This would be impossible as propane is heavier than air and would sink to the floor rather than rise up to the ceiling. Lighting a flame in that room should have caused anyone in the room and on the floor to be engulfed in flames almost instantly.

Factual error: The mother tells the daughter to keep warm and drink water. In fact that would lower the blood sugar faster. This method is used for high blood sugar to lower it back to normal.

Factual error: The portrayal of Sarah's type-1 diabetes is loaded with inaccuracies. We saw her eating pizza the previous evening and along with this any sensible diabetic would have injected herself with enough insulin to last through the night, to cope with the sugars in the food she'd eaten. But in the panic room just a few hours later, she apparently needs another dose - wrong. If her condition was due to stress, she would have needed sugar or a glycogen injection, not insulin. In response Meg searches for sugary food to give Sarah. That's correct, but next thing Meg wants to inject Sarah with insulin, which would kill any diabetic in such a state. Finally, when becoming hypoglycemic Sarah thrashes about, apparently having an epileptic fit instead of what would really happen - she would just become very sleepy, lose consciousness and go into a coma. All this demonizes diabetes into a convenient scary plot device but in reality the condition is quite mundane - typical Hollywood.

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Suggested correction: They don't mention Insulin. In fact it is the Glucagon that they inject her with in the end. The symptoms of severe low blood sugar are seizure, which Sarah obviously had, loss of consciousness, stroke and possible death. As for injecting enough insulin to make up for the sugary foods she ate, what did she eat? Pizza? Any sensible diabetic would know the limitations on their starch intake. As a Nurse, I found it to be a pretty accurate portrayal.

As a nurse, you should also know that consuming anything in the MRE would have brought her sugar level up. All carbohydrates are, or convert to sugar. Even protein would have helped.

Factual error: You would never give insulin to someone with low blood sugar. It would kill them. (02:53:12 - 02:54:00)

Factual error: In the scene where Kristen Stewart is flashing SOS in morse code through the hole her mother asks "where did you learn that" she then replies "Titanic." In the movie 'Titanic' they correctly used the proper distress signal of the time which was actually CQD (CQ is Code for 'All Stations' and suffixed by 'D' for distress). CQD in Morse code is -.-. -.- -..


Factual error: When the burglars use the crowbar to break through the roof hatch, the security system display changes from "System Armed" to "Zone 19 Disabled" which can only occur when the zone is disabled by the user. Additionally, the alarm should have sounded immediately when the sensor on the hatch was broken. If the circuit had already been disabled then the security system would not have reacted by saying "Zone 19 Disabled."

Other mistake: Near the end of the movie Dwight Yoakam is holding Jodie Foster's daughter captive as he tries to exit the house. Jodie Foster sneaks up behind him with a sledgehammer and swings it at his head. He turns to face her and the metal end of the hammer catches him firmly in his temple, knocking him down a flight of stairs. A few minutes later he comes up the stairs and tackles Jodie Foster to the ground, seemingly unhurt by the impact of the sledgehammer.

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Meg: If we stay calm everything will be fine, okay? Just stay calm.
Sarah: You're making me nervous.
Meg: I'm sorry.

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Trivia: The shot of Meg turning on the security screens took 57 takes before director David Fincher was happy.

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Answer: They wouldn't in real life. This was a plot contrivance.

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Answer: There could be a serious major event happening nearby where all the resources needed to be sent ASAP. The 911 operator had to prioritize and assumed the current caller's emergency - whatever it was - was less urgent. There could have been a shortage of operators for whatever reason.


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