Friday, March 26, 2010


It's quite easy to be harsh on most of nowadays' horror movies, because they're nothing but turds. Even if you run into Franck Khalfoun's P2 without knowing what to expect, you won't be disappointed. In fact, the film is not flawless, but it entertains us without trying to absolutely frighten us just for the sake of it.
On the eve of Christmas, Angela (Rachel Nichols) works late at her office and tries to finish a contract. Once she's ready to join her family, her BMW, which is parked at the second sub-level of the underground parking (hence the title of the film), won't start. Thomas (Wes Bentley), the garage attendant, tries to start her car, but it gives no results. Afterwards, Angela goes upstairs and tries to take a cab, but all the doors in the lobby (and the building, apparently) are locked. The next thing she knows is that she's knocked up by Thomas, wakes up in his office and has one of her legs chained. All in all, if Angela wants to make it through the Christmas morning, she has to fight Thomas.

First of all, P2 can definitely rely on a a script that knows how to set a thrilling tone at the beginning and efficiently maintain it until the rather predictable end. Obviously, there's not much to the story's premise. In fact, it's mostly about a cat-and-mouse game between an honest lady who discovers that she has a hell of a survival instinct and a lonely psychopath who just wants to spend the Christmas eve with someone he has been keeping his eyes on for a while.

Despite that small lack of fesh around the story's skeleton, the film is really entertaining and the performance by the two leading actors rock. While there's no doubt that she's hot, Rachel Nichols didn't get cast because of her curves. In fact, when the confrontation between her character and Wes Bentley's start, she display Angela's fear with an obvious panache. As for Bentley, his piercing blue eyes definitely do the job and by the time the credit rolls, you'll remember his character as much as Norman Bates (who was portrayed by Anthony Perkins in Psycho).

All in all, for a horror film, P2 is rather effective and entertaining. Of course, the presence of some implausible situations mars the film a little bit. After all, have you ever seen a lobby in a building without emergency exits? Secondly, are you tired to see horror films in which the bad guy unexpectedly appears next to the heroine? Oh I forgot an important detail: he has an eye on the TV screens that are linked to the surveillance camera! Other than that, if you like horror films, you must see this film.

Rating: 3.5/5

Origin:USA (2007)
Length:98 minutes
Screenplay:Franck Khalfoun, Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur
Director:Franck Khalfoun
Starring:Rachel Nichols and Wes Bentley

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