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  • Summary: It's Christmas Eve: a time for curling up by the fire with family and friends; a day when even the most voracious corporate climbers generally head home by dinnertime. But not Angela. She's the last one left at the office, determined to close one more deal before the holiday. The long hours she keeps will have an impact, but not the kind she's been hoping for. When she gets down to the parking garage, she discovers her car won't start. The timing couldn't be worse; she's already late for Christmas Eve dinner with her family, the garage is deserted, and her cell phone doesn't get a signal underground. But then a friendly security guard comes along and offers to help. He flirtatiously invites her to stay and share a small Christmas dinner he's preparing in the parking office, but she laughs it off. Before she knows what's hit her, she's been knocked unconscious. When she wakes up, she's tied to a chair in the security guard's office. As it turns out, his dinner invitation was not optional--and it's going to involve a lot more than a meal. If Angela wants to live to see Christmas morning, she must find a way to escape from level P2 of the parking garage. (Summit Entertainment)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    70
    If it weren't for two excessively violent deaths, P2 could be termed a refreshingly old-fashioned thriller, one dependent on hairbreadth escapes and the pluck of its heroine.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Mayo
    70
    If in the end P2 contains few surprises, it's still a nice piece of polished escapism.
  3. 63
    P2 doesn't crash and burn, but its finale is more generic than what the effective first hour leads us to hope for.
  4. 50
    No two ways about it: The screenplay is derivative. But the location adds a little novelty to the standard-issue running and screaming.
  5. 40
    Ultimately, though, and despite an enormously creepy turn from Bentley (American Beauty), the story has nowhere else to go but into the standard (albeit judiciously-used) stalk-and-slash territory.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    40
    What "Psycho" did for the shower, P2 tries very hard to do for the parking garage, spending most of its time below ground, and below an adequate level of convincing dread.
  7. 0
    Amid the dumbness and disgust for paying customers, the movie does manage to cough up something I didn't expect: a performance so terrible you can't quite believe it's happening: Bentley's.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Nov 17, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. All though P2 may stand to some to be formulaic or just another by-the-book slasher, it is in some small way the diamond in the rockpile.

    We are facing the dark days of horror, almost everything coming out these days are following the grandfather of all horror; Halloween. If you take time to look back, it did in fact set the stage for all forthcoming horror films of its time. While genre does have the capability to progress and evolve, the genre of horror seemingly is set in the past. The last big move was Scream, it set the book for the 90's, then Texas Chainsaw set the books for remakes. Every so often, we get a film that is not a remake, they can be crap, or they can be great, what is this you ask?

    Well, the film actually in some way shadows the plot of Misery, my favorite of all horror movies. It's a snowy winter night, late at night, an office busibee is leaving work just at the last minute. When she finds her car is dead, without signal, and the grid (P2) locked down, she is unwelcomely accompanied by Thomas, a man who is deeply in love with her.

    So, yes, we have seen this before, but what the film does is it takes us out of the woods, out of the haunted houses or cabins, out of the suburbs, and places us in a parking structure, and we all know how creepy these places get at night; it's all dark, only few people around and cold as all hell. This film begs the question; what if the only man who can let you out doesn't want you to leave (a la Misery). So that sets up a good start.

    As the film progresses, tensions begin rising and palms get clammy. Paul Bettany's portrayal of the tormented young man is truly acceptable and an underestimated credit to his career, it might be the cherry on the sundae for some, and it sure is for me. Rachel Nichols (his opposite) also serves the film well, in modern horror you have to wait forever for the main to put on the fighter face, but she comes prepared. But up against Bettany, she does a fine job, but he really steals the show.

    I can't help but give the film a 10/10. It is a well crafted film, that was in my eyes underestimated.
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  2. JamieM
    Nov 12, 2007
    9
    Very effective with great direction and suspense. Everything was very well thought out. Despite being a stalker movie there were some really novel twists and a deeper psychology to this film. I would watch it again. Expand
  3. CraigA.
    Nov 24, 2007
    8
    If you can't enjoy a great thriller like this, I feel sorry for you. Both this movie, and Hostel 2 have been compared to Saw movies and called inferior to them by so called professional critics! Critics suck so bad! A bit of gore and people crap themselves. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Dec 2, 2007
    5
    "P2" is a superior genre picture, a sort of "Red Eye" in a parking garage(in one scene, Thomas(Wes Bentley) gets red eye, literally), that's informed by Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill Vol. 1" when Angela(Rachel Nichols) goes all Uma on Thomas' psycho ass. Because of the times, "P2" resorts to the requisite gore to satisfy the core audience, which prevents this sometimes effective thriller from crossing over to a non-teen, non-bloodlust lovin' demographic. At its best, "P2" is a poor, poor, poor man's "Silence of the Lambs". It also makes a salient point about hierarchies in the workplace. Angela is willing to put up with sexual harassment from her boss, but not from a mere parking attendant. The leads, especially Wes "Anything Tobe Maguire Can Do, I Can Do Better" Bentley, do an exceptional job with their respective thankless roles, which should lead to better acting gigs in the future. Expand
  5. MichaelL.
    Nov 12, 2007
    4
    I'm so over torture porn. I assume when filmmakers can't create suspense, they resort to stomach-churning violence. Now that's creative! That'll scare the bejeepers out of 'em in Peoria. The really annoying thing about P2, besides Bentley's laughably bad performance, is the waste of an excellent premise. Is there anything more frightening than a deserted parking garage late at night? An intelligent, sophisticated game of cat-and-mouse (think "Wait Until Dark") would have been mezmerising. Instead, we have "I know what you did last Christmas Eve at the hostel on Wolf Creek". Unless you're the type that enjoys pulling the wings off of flies, skip it. Expand
  6. NickF.
    Nov 27, 2007
    2
    Way to ruin Christmas, P2.
  7. CriticProofGarbage
    Nov 12, 2007
    1
    Absolute bottom-feeding dreck that recycles everything you've seen before, over and over again, to the point of sheer boredom. However, it must be said that Rachel Nichols has an astounding set of titties. Expand

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