P2 (2007) Reviews and overview

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‘A new level of fear’

P2 is a 2007 American horror film directed by Franck Khalfoun (Maniac), written and produced by Khalfoun, Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur and starring Rachel Nichols and Wes Bentley.

The trio of Khalfoun, Aja and Levasseur have also worked on the 2006 film The Hills Have Eyes.


Young businesswoman Angela Bridges works in a downtown Manhattan office block and gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve, before leaving to attend a family party. On her way to her car in the second underground parking lot level (P2) beneath the office block, she discovers that her car won’t start.

After receiving some assistance from the security guard named Thomas and turning down his offer to spend Christmas with him, she calls for a taxi and waits in the lobby. When the taxi arrives, she discovers she’s locked in the lobby, and runs back into the parking garage. The lights soon shut down and Angela, guided by the light on her cell phone, wanders around the deserted parking lot. Thomas drugs Angela with chloroform and takes her to his office.

Later, Angela awakens in a haze inside Thomas’s office, having been changed into a white dress and high-heels by Thomas and chained to the table. Thomas tells Angela that he loves her despite her “many sins”, having obsessively watched and recording Angela for some time through the CCTV in the office block.

Despite Angela’s pleas and threats, Thomas continues to hold her against her will, even forcing her to call her family and lie about an illness so that no one will come looking for her…


“It’s a cat-and-mouse film. The mouse keeps messing the hell out of the cat and getting away with it again and again, but maybe eventually, the mouse will get his comeuppance. But it’s lacking what’s crucial for this type of film – any really motivated or interesting characters, and the performances follow in the same footsteps.” The Horror Enthusiast

” …it’s basic stalked-woman schtick at its core, albeit with some welcome if rote table-turning. The shadowy setting tingles the fear glands, but a brain-sucking litany of mobile-phone malfunctions and spluttering cars slowly skewers any fresh scares.” Total Film

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