CHRISTMAS CINEMA: P2 (2007)

Created by the trio of Franck Khalfoun, Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur — who also worked together on the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes —  P2 is about working through the holidays, struggling for meaning and losing yourself in your work identity. It’s also about a lone girl trying to survive being kidnapped in the underground garage that gives the movie its title.

Angela Bridges (Rachel Nichols, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) is just trying to get through her last day of work before the holidays. She deals with her boss as he apologizes for sexually harassing her and finds that she’s the last to leave. This seems like a common occurrence, as every security guard knows her by name. Working in advertising, I can relate.

Finally getting to her car — parking on P2 — she learns that it won’t start. A security guard named Thomas (Wes Bentley, American Beauty) tries to help her, then awkwardly asks her to join him for the holidays. She tells him that she’s on her way to a family party and calls for a cab, but then learns that she’s locked in. Then the lights go out.

Wandering the dark parking lot, Angela is chloroformed and is taken to Thomas’ office. He’s changed her into a white dress and chained her to a table. We can see that he’s been watching her via the building’s cameras and he tells her that he loves her, despite her many sins. He grills her about having a fiancée, which he learns in a lie. Saying that she’s a great liar, he makes her call her family and cancel her Christmas party visit so that no one will look for her. She tries to escape by stabbing him, but his dog keeps her in the room and he takes control again.

Thomas takes Angela to another level of the garage where he has the boss who harassed her, Jim, tied to a chair. He’s been watching the footage of him going after her and says that she can kill him to show that she’s sorry for her sins. Thomas claims that he’s seen the man try to rape many women in the building, so he beats him with a flashlight, then rams him into a wall with his car, killing him in a geyser of gore. However, Angela is able to run away, screaming at the wailing sirens outside that she needs help.

Thomas hides the body while Angela is able to get her hands — which have been handcuffed — in front of her body, then calls 911. She makes it to an elevator with Thomas in pursuit and gets through to an operator — who we soon learn is Thomas, as he floods the elevator with a fire hose, revealing the body of another security guard.

As Angela hides, Thomas plays “Blue Christmas” and tries to find her on the security cameras. But Angela is using an axe to destroy them, one by one, as she makes her way to his office. When she arrives, she sees a video of Thomas having sex with her while she was chloroformed. She attacks the TV with the axe and then fights him, but loses and is locked in the trunk of a car.

Two officers come to investigate the call she made in the elevator, but Thomas tells them that everything is fine. After they do a quick search, they leave, just in time for her to escape the trunk and Thomas to let his dog loose on her. She kills it but suffers plenty of damage to her leg. As she escapes in a car, Thomas sideswipes her. They play chicken and she wins, but flips the car. Thomas opens the door and looks at her body, but it’s all a trick — she stabs him in the eye and handcuffs him to the car.

He begins to plead for his life before finally breaking down and calling her a cunt. She responds by using his taser to set the car on fire, which sets off the sprinklers and calls the fire department.

Alone, bloodied and hurt, Angela walks out alone into the cold Christmas morning — a survivor.

Your enjoyment of this film depends on how much you like modern horror. It’s fine — Nichols is a strong lead and carries the film well. But there wasn’t much to keep me interested in what would happen next. If you want to check it out for yourself, it’s up on Shudder!

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