P2 Review

Poster Art Country : USA
Year: 2007
Genre: Suspense/Horror
Format: Cinema
Running Time: 98 minutes
Distributor: Tartan Films

The one thing more terrifying than being alone in a parking garage, is finding out that you're not....

Directed by Franck Kahlfoun. Written by Alexandre Aja, Franck Kahlfoun and Gregory Levasseur. Starring Rachel Nichols, Simon Reynolds and Wes Bentley.

P2 is from first-time director Franck Khalfoun whose only prior credits include an acting gig in films such as Haute Tension. Funnily enough, the film is scripted by Alex Aja, Franck Khalfoun, and Grégory Levasseur. After sitting through Joy Ride, Road Rage, Haute Tension, and Lord knows what else, my patience with another highly derivative thriller like P2 is extremely thin. But keep that last statement in mind and keep on reading.

With the exception of a few scenes, P2 takes place entirely within the confines of a story parking garage on Christmas. The story centers on a corporate climber (Rachel Nichols) who gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard (Wes Bentley). With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive.


Despite the numerous cliches you could attach to this type of film, it's a solid premise and a solid film. P2 beats all the other films to the punch in better and more interesting ways. The parking garage is seemingly endless, and the ways out are probably easy, but this it wouldn't be much of a movie if she just walked to the nearest glowing EXIT. Suspension of disbelief is a must, given the premise, but it doesn't come without a lot of overhead (no pun intended).
Wes Bentley also packs in quite a performance playing the kind of sociopath who carefully plans out his motives and is really simple man that just wants some company on Christmas. Bentley wisely underplays; bereft of stagy tics, his character comes across as numbingly normal. Nichols also pulls off a mature performance of everyday naturalism. That's risky writing, and Aja/Khalfoun/Levasseur sustains it satisfyingly. "Tomandandys" subtle score punctuates as needed.

The intense high thrills will impress even the most jaded adrenaline junkies, the gore alone in one scene will have the viewer writhing, and the direction is solid for a first timer. Remember what I said in the opening paragraph? My patience may have been thin going into P2, but when the credits rolled I was extremely satisfied.

I highly recommend this film.


Review by John Gray, for Pitofhorror.com

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