P2: UnderRated Thriller?

 

This was the official website for the 2008 horror / slasher mover P2. Was this an under rated thriller? You decide. Read the reviews. Content is from outside review sources.

TOMATOMETER CRITICS  35% | AUDIENCE 36%

Critics Consensus: P2 is full of gore, but low on suspense, featuring a cat-and-mouse plot that has been done many times before. Did I mention the gore? It's enough that the production crew must have bought loads of Rubbermaid mop buckets to clean it up after each of those gory scenes were shot. I wouldn't be surprised if the crew all went home after the movie was finished being filmed carrying a Rubbermaid mop bucket as a memento of the shoot! Seriously. Why would you throw away such a handy cleaning piece of equipment?

Anyway......

Angela, a corporate climber, gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard. With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive.

Rating: R (for strong violence/gore, terror and language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Franck Khalfoun
Written By: Franck Khalfoun, Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur
In Theaters: Nov 9, 2007  Wide
On DVD: Apr 8, 2008
Box Office:  3,950,874.00
Runtime:  98 minutes
Studio: Summit Entertainment

CRITICS REVIEWS

 

 

October 10, 2014
Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
Franck Khalfoun’s “P2” is such a fun over the top woman in peril horror movie that even the worst aspects of it compliment the experience. West Bentley as the villain chews every bit of scenery to the point where he even seems to be competing with the dog he co-stars with, and eventually the gorgeous Rachel Nichols is put in to a slinky white dress and remains in it for the duration of the movie. But you can’t help but enjoy “P2,” either way since it amounts to a fun albeit formula slasher thriller.

Nichols stars as business woman Angela Bridges, a distant and often isolated young woman who is rushing to visit her family for Christmas. After her car breaks down in the parking lot, Angela realizes she’s been locked in the office building with no way out. Even worse, the lonely and odd security guard Thomas (Bentley) has trapped her inside and is intent on keeping her with him for Christmas festivities. A usual came of cat and mouse ensues between the pair, as Angela struggles to keep the erratic Thomas placated, while also avoiding the wrath of his vicious Rottweiler. Most of “P2” revolves around the underground parking garage and how Angela eventually figures out how to outwit Thomas.

Though Bentley plays Thomas like an incoherent drunk prone to childish tantrums, Thomas is a fairly threatening villain. Director Khalfoun manages to draw an interesting occasionally tense narrative out of the limited scenery, turning the parking garage in to a bonafide death traop for Thomas’ pleasure. Nichols is a bombshell of a woman who plays the courageous heroine well. The transformation Angela overtakes through the course of the film is interesting, and her battle with Thomas and his attack dog make for some really intense and violent moments of carnage. “P2” is definitely an underrated thriller that overcomes its formula trappings and ends as a really entertaining horror thriller utilizing Rachel Nichols to its full advantage.

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November 9, 2007 | Rating: 1*/4
Geoff Pevere Toronto Star Top Critic
'P2': Parking violation
Starring Rachel Nichols, Wes Bentley and Simon Reynolds. Written by Alexandre Aja and Franck Khalfoun. Directed by Franck Khalfoun. 98 minutes. At major theatres.
When a workaholic, lovely-to-look-at office-tower employee (Rachel Nichols) decides to work late on Christmas Eve, she finds herself terrorized in the building's underground garage by an Elvis-fixated psycho parking attendant (Wes Bentley).
When a workaholic, lovely-to-look-at office-tower employee (Rachel Nichols) decides to work late on Christmas Eve, she finds herself terrorized in the building's underground garage by an Elvis-fixated psycho parking attendant (Wes Bentley).

The latest entry into the infinitely dubious torture porn (Saw, Hostel) cycle of horror movies, first-timer Franck Khalfoun's movie at least does its predecessors the service of making them look masterful by comparison.

The kind of movie that keeps desperately trying to keep its audience in a state of jangled anxiety with false scares involving people suddenly appearing out of nowhere to say `Sorry I frightened you!', P2 feels like a vehicle lost in an after-hours parking facility, constantly backing up, shifting gears and generally speeding around in circles in a vain attempt to get somewhere.

As the undeservedly harassed working woman, Nichols flails admirably against a character who seems to find herself in this predicament simply because she's a beautiful woman who's made the unforgivable mistake of placing her career before her seasonal commitments.

Although many of us may share the implicit presumption that last-minute shopping is considerably more frightening that finding oneself locked in a parking garage with Bentley doing Elvis impersonations between high-school-talent-contest Anthony Perkins impressions, this movie doesn't seem to agree.

About the only thing that's unequivocally unsettling about this movie, which can't even seem to remember that it's used the guard-dog-on-a-chain scare so often it qualifies as a drinking game, is that someone clearly considered it a good idea at the time.

One thing's for sure: the rush to escape the parking lot after the show will be a genuine horror show. Everyone will want to get as far away as possible, like fast.

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AUDIENCE REVIEWS

Justin R *** October 23, 2010
Actually pretty good. The girl is smart with her actions, not dumb like every other character-in-peril from other movies.

Allan C **½ October 9, 2010
With Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha) as producer and co-writer, I expected something more exciting, but this was a pretty disappointing. There's a couple good set-pieces but they barely make the film worth watching.

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Jesse O *½ October 7, 2010
This film was a real showcase for Rachel Nichols' tits. At the risk of sounding like a pig, her breasts are the stars of this movie. And the breasts did a FINE job in this particular movie. And the people who made this movie aren't even subtle about it. Every time Rachel appears after the shit goes down, features a lot of CLEAVAGE from her part. It's very gratuitous. Oh and the scene where she's all wet. I can tell you how that meeting went between the people responsible for writing the movie and constructing the scenes "Hey guys...we have this hot girl in a very TIT exposing white dress, I think we can go one step further to ensure full exploitation of Rachel's breasts and that is we DRENCH her in water" After this genius idea, they all celebrated and put it in the script. Essentially that's all the movie is...Rachel's heaving breasts for 90 minutes. Don't blame me, that's just what the movie is. They might just as well have her been topless the entire movie. Go all the way, don't half ass it! But anyway, the movie's not much of anything. There's a lot I'm gonna complain about. OK so Rachel's character is going to leave work to go to a family gathering or something. Her car 'breaks' down. She calls her sister and tells her that she won't be able to make it in time because of said car breakage. The sister says OK and hangs up. WUT?!?!??!?!? I'm sorry but if that was my sister and her car BROKE DOWN ON CHRISTMAS (or Christmas eve, whatever) I'd go to pick her up. I cannot in good conscience just hang up and leave my sister stranded. Maybe us Hispanics are more family-oriented but I just would NOT do that. I found this to be bullshit and just a poor way to move your story forward. There's also the issue that Rachel's character KNOWS her car broke down and before calling the taxi, she doesn't even BOTHER to check if the doors has been shut or not? She finds out WHEN the taxi arrived that she's locked in. Another bullshit way to move your story forward. You could make the argument that she forgot, and that's valid, but for FUCK'S SAKE...you're the ONLY ONE THERE. She basically fucked herself over. There's also the lengths the bad guy went to. to basically trap this woman. What if she had left and he couldn't have kidnapped her? What would he have done to her boss (who he tied up to a chair). What would happen then? It's just a very obvious coincidence that the day he decided to carry out his plan was the day her car fucked up (which was probably the villain's doing). But what if she had found another way to escape WITHOUT going to look for the bad guy. What would happen then? Would he tell the guy he tied up..."sorry...you can leave now". Which would then lead to the guy telling his superiors and get the guy fired. It's just fucking retarded that his little plan went PERFECTLY, as if it were scripted, oh wait...Let's see what else??? The acting is below par. Wes Bentley has some decent facial expressions but he's still not a very good actor. Especially when he had to scream and when he (*SPOILER*) was on fire at the end of the movie. Rachel Nichols is pleasing to the eye, at least. Not the prettiest girl ever, but pleasing to the eye nonetheless. That and her breasts...I didn't think this movie was as bad as I was expecting, but I didn't have fun at all nor do I think it's a very good movie. The gore is decent, if albeit a bit over-the-top and laughable at some points. But it's not a complete and absolute failure. The idea for the reason behind the villain's actions is a good idea and it would have been great with someone who can put a great movie together and some strong character development. I found myself laughing at a lot of this movie, and that's not a good sign when you're supposed to take the movie seriously. So, while it's not a complete failure, it still fails at most it tries to do. It's not very suspenseful and the cat and mouse movie has been done FAR better already. It's not like this brings something new to the table, except Rachel's breasts probably. This could have been a much better movie with far better actors cast in the lead, but as it stands it's just a below average thriller. Like I said Rachel's breasts are the stars of this movie, they steal every scene they're in. And I don't really think you were supposed to think that. So this movie FAILS~! 

adamutz adamutz **** October 6, 2010
I really didnt expect much but was surprised at how much I liked it Sure I'd have done things a bit different , but nonetheless its a decent movie

Teryn S *** ½October 5, 2010
Few gory parts. Hated those.

Michael P ** October 4, 2010
Not one of the best movies I have seen. I'm not used to seeing only 3 people in a whole movie.

Liz C ***½ October 4, 2010
Great thriller that will make you cringe if you don't mind a bit of blood. Keeps you in suspense and wonder if and how she will get out alive from this psycho killer.

Matthew R *** October 2, 2010
Its far from perfect but there is a dark mood about it, the creep played by Wes Bently is evil, delusional, oddly crafty and at times funny in a twisted sort of way. The movie kind of loses its peak of tension after a well written "dinner" scene. But its pacing works, the acting isn't bad either. Its a glorified rental but perhaps undeserving of its luke warm reception. I mean how many claustrophobic movies actually are "A" movies? This is a good "B" movie.

Thomas B ***½ September 26, 2010
a claustrophobic thriller,very well made ,if do not like sub-level parking lot will find it creepy

Brenda K ***½ September 24, 2010
No supe si sentir lastima o si me dio gusto XD

Pedro C. Pedro C. **** September 19, 2010
Set in a parking garage P2 took a rather deadly turn for a Christmas horror film. Wes Bentley played a very psychopathic killer/security guard. This was one of my first horror movies, and during the middle I regretted seeing it because I had grizzly pictures in my head and was very scared. I left the movie shaking. The gore and body parts were terrifying. This is definitely not a movie for younger viewers.

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