This is really two separate films, but neither is worth the time. I moderately enjoyed the build up before she actually gets drugged and kidnapped. However, there were several telling signs that this was going to be a cliché-ridden horror film from the beginning. First, I’m absolutely sick of false scares. This is where the music goes down and the editing builds the tension, only to find out there’s nothing to actually be scared of. P2 perfects this in the first half of the film and it gets old quick. But that’s just one of many clichés this film uses.
The second half is where it really starts getting bad. I don’t know why Wes Bentley is now reduced to playing second rate bad guys, but he never seems very menacing. He does his best PSYCHO impersonation here, but based off everything I had already seen, I knew exactly how this one was going to end. The sad thing is that walking alone in a dark parking garage is actually a realistically scary thing for everyone. So there are some basic fears that the filmmakers could have focused more on than what they did. I think the film would have worked better had Wes’s character started off bad. I would have liked to see a whole scene early on with him sneaking up on her and her trying to get away in the parking garage. There was no need for him to be helpful at first.
I’ve just recently become aware of Rachel Nichols and I think she’s a talented actress. She is also very beautiful and proportionately pleasing. In a movie like this, that can’t go unnoticed. As much as the tight, white shirt is a staple of horror movies, I can’t complain too much. I like Ms. Nichols, but I think she deserves better than this. Other than that, I think this is a movie horror fans have seen before and it’s never a good thing when you know how a movie is going to end five minutes into it.
A New Level of Fear (12:07): This is exactly what you’d expect if you were watching an infomercial trying to sell the film. Everyone shows up to give basic answers to basic questions. There are some behind the scenes shots thrown in and too many movie scenes.
Tension Nouveau (3:01): This was Franck Khalfoun’s first directorial effort and this three minute clip is really just a long interview with him. He discusses his thoughts on the film and what influences he had in making the film.
Designing Terror (5:18): Considering the simplicity of the setting, I don’t think it was necessary to dedicate an entire featurette to designing a parking garage, but they did just that. Khalfoun talks about the challenges working in a confined space and gives the usual props to the set designers.
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