Week 51: P2

Franck Khalfoun, 2007

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Christmas is coming and it’s time to get into the holiday spirit! The short-titled “P2” (2007) takes place on the eve of Christmas and introduces Angela, a young businesswoman who plans to spend the night with her family in Jersey. After leaving her office block later than expected, things take a wrong turn on parking lot level P2. The movie offers everything you need for the holidays: a few gifts, a fancy dress, a few classic Christmas tunes, a kidnapping and a lot of blood.

“P2” is build up as a formulatic horror film and doesn’t excel in any specific area, but it rises above many other films with a similar premise because of its gritty and atmospheric setting and its strong reliance on the acting of Rachel Nichols and Wes Bentley, the films only stars. Wes Bentley’s performance reverberates the creepiness of his role as the neighbours’ son in “American Beauty” (1999) and Rachel Nichols, who is best known for her action roles in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” (2009) and “Conan the Barbarian” (2011) plays Bentley’s victim. The movie strips the actress of her elegance and shows how both she and her captor descend into madness on a ‘cold, cold, lonely Christmas night.’

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