Directed by Franck Khalfoun
Our film begins with a sweeping view of Level P2 of a parking garage, as "Santa Baby" creepily drones on in the background, and we see a handcuffed woman bust out of the trunk of a car screaming. Wait, what?!
As we rewind back to earlier in the evening, we see aforementioned handcuffed woman is Angela, a Type A overworked businesswoman working late on Christmas eve. A man named Jim comes into her office and apologizes for getting drunk and making a move on her. This seemed odd and out of place at the beginning of the film but I'm only mentioning it because it factors in later in the movie in my favorite scene.
We see Jim tied up in a chair in the parking garage as Thomas instructs Angela to go beat him with a flashlight to prove that she's not a slut (Lol what?!) Thomas keeps repeating that he's here to help Angela, not hurt her, further cementing that he's a full-blown creepy stalker psycho. He gets out of the car and beats Jim's face in with the flashlight. But oh no, he's not done yet, he gets back in the car and pushes Jim's rolly chair through the parking garage with his bumper and then smashes him into the concrete wall. We see Jim's intestines pouring out as Thomas backs the car up and hits him again, smashing his head to smithereens.
So as you can probably tell by the description, I wouldn't classify this film so much as a creepy scary horror film but more of an unsettling tension-filled thriller, which I always enjoy. I might be in the minority for this, but I love movies that take place in only one setting with very few characters, as P2 did. Exam and Pontypool are other great movies with minimal characters and setting changes. I feel these "one-setting" movies are a true test of acting skills to see how well the main characters can carry a story and keep the viewer interested without tons of set changes, special effects, and secondary characters. Rachel Nichols and Wes Bentley do a great job in P2. She is convincing as a strong badass woman who doesn't give up and he is convincing as a super psycho who didn't get enough attention growing up.
The character of Angela was a compelling one, as she didn't necessarily have any violent tendencies or superhuman strength. She was just a regular businesswoman caught in a terrifying situation and did the best she could to escape with what she was given to work with. She fought Thomas to the end, ran her heart out in a skimpy white dress, and wasn't afraid to get covered in dog blood. P2 didn't have a plethora of special effects or a supernatural element. There was no mystery or twist ending. There were no real jump scares. BUT what it did have was a great build of tension in essentially an hour long chase scene and it had blood and gore. And it had a guy's head explode. Two thumbs up!