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Not Too Shabby.

  • Apr 21, 2008
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Angela Bridges (Rachel Nichols) is ambition and hardworking and is quickly rising through the executive branches of the office she works at. She's also a serious workaholic who is single and, other than the security guards, finds herself as the last person in the building on Christmas Eve. After calling her sister to let her know that she is finally on her way to the family Christmas party, Angela prepares to leave the building. However, when she finally gets to her car on P2, it won't start. Thomas (Wes Bentley) offers his assistance, but seems unable to get the car to started. Thomas invites Angela to a Christmas dinner, but Angela is already late and turns down the offer. However, as Angela soon learns, the offer really wasn't optional and Thomas was just being polite and nice. Angela will share in his Christmas dinner whether she really wants to or not and maybe if she's nice and polite she might escape from P2 and get home for Christmas.

Taking place almost completely in the confines of a parking garage (the movie was filmed exclusively at night in a real parking garage in Toronto), starring two relatively unknown actors, and a plot that is basically just a complex game of cat and mouse, there's a great deal about P2 that could have gone wrong. Yet, the film actually works. Since SCREAM, many suspense and horror films have taken themselves way too seriously and pretend that they have some great message to deliver, have a lot of "allusions" that you'll get if you're a film fan, or promise to bring the genre to the next level. P2 doesn't have any allusions. It knows that it is simply a horrific suspense film based around a film that many people, woman in particular, have actually had at one point in their lives. Rachel Nicholas gives a great performance (and is quite nice on the eyes, too) and will probably be a top-tier actress in the next few years. Wes Bentley is perhaps best known for his work in AMERICAN BEAUTY also gives a performance to solidify himself as a rising star, too (as long as he isn't type-cast as the psychotic villain).

Overall, P2 is a suspense film that doesn't fail to deliver.

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review by . March 29, 2008
In "P2," Rachel Nichols is an overworked and underappreciated corporate do-all who just wants to spend Christmas Eve with her family. Wes Bentley is a lonely parking garage guard intent on having her spend Christmas Eve with him instead, no matter how many handcuffs, security cameras or guard dogs it will take.     The story is pretty average as far as psycho stalker flicks go, albeit with a little more humor and a lot less gore. Bentley's sick mind tries to justify everything …
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Stalker in a parking garage. You've got to give the makers ofP2credit: They've tapped a universal source of anxiety and stretched it out into a feature-length film. Underneath a Manhattan skyscraper, chic businesswoman Angela (Rachel Nichols) is knocking off for the Christmas holiday. Everybody else has cleared out of the garage--everybody but freaky-friendly attendant Tom (Wes Bentley), and his little dog too. Before long, Tom makes it clear that he'd like to have Angela for holiday dinner, whatever that might mean. Our heroine must summon all her resources, and the challenge of a low-cut dinner gown, to fight back.P2(no, it's not the sequel toP) at least allows Angela a measure of common sense, as she actually thinks of some logical ways to fight back, and director Franck Khalfoun (working from an idea byHaute Tensionguys Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur) does indeed get the most out of the parking garage location. But the movie's at a loss to make these two characters interesting in any way, even at the Coyote vs. Roadrunner level. Tom's little quirks, like miming a dance to Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," feel like a desperate attempt to add flavor to an otherwise standard-issue creepo. Bentley (best known forAmerican Beauty) does have the face of an obsessive, and Nichols has the face (and did we mention the cleavage?) of a movie star, so they're not hard to believe. But most of the time this movie is stuck on the wrong ...
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Director: Franck Khalfoun
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: November 9, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
Runtime: 1hr 38min
Studio: Summit Entertainment
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