Supposedly, in the opinion of this author, Fincher made PANIC ROOM for no other reason than to retile his swimming pool. And has made desperate audience pleasers ever since.
"Fincher was a decorative filmmaker with a pretty morbid vision. Then he made Panic Room with Jodie Foster, who some time in late 90's also decided that she would stop picking plum roles and just you know, show up. Now grasping at commercial success with movies like Benjamin Button, it's safe to assume that Fincher will continue to splash around in the shallow waters of mediocrity."