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P2
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Apr 17, 2008 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Franck Khalfoun

Actors:
Rachel Nichols
Wes Bentley
Philip Akin

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An eager, ambitious woman is working late at her office on Christmas Eve. When she leaves her office, she is the only one still left in the parking garage and her car wont start. A seemingly nice stranger tries to help her and things quickly get worse for her.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Originally, I was looking forward to this film because I had recommendations from several people that this was a good horror film and a nice change of pace to the sad horror remakes and teenie-bopper slashers that seem to be so popular these days. After actually watching it, I had to remove all those people from my list of movie opinions I listen to.

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 clich-ridden horror film from the beginning. First, Im absolutely sick of false scares. This is where the music goes down and the editing builds the tension, only to find out theres nothing to actually be scared of. P2 perfects this in the first half of the film and it gets old quick. But thats just one of many clichs this film uses.

The second half is where it really starts getting bad. I dont 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 Wess 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.

Ive just recently become aware of Rachel Nichols and I think shes a talented actress. She is also very beautiful and proportionately pleasing. In a movie like this, that cant go unnoticed. As much as the tight, white shirt is a staple of horror movies, I cant 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 its never a good thing when you know how a movie is going to end five minutes into it.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Franck Khalfoun, Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur: If nothing else, these three sure are excited about this film. Their enthusiasm for the film and each other resonates through the commentary track and actually makes for a really fun listen. They throw out numerous fun facts and give a lot of detail for a shoot that took less than 30 days.

A New Level of Fear (12:07): This is exactly what youd 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 Khalfouns 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 dont 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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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Meh. Thats the best way to describe P2. It has enough cheap thrills to scare the younger crowd, but too many clichs to keep the attention of seasoned horror fans. I suggest leaving this one alone.
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