The film takes place on Christmas Eve of all times, and a woman named Angela Bridges is hoping to attend a family party to celebrate the holidays. Before that can happen though, she has to make it home first. That doesn't sound like too debilitating of a task, but she soon discovers that a security guard has the hots for her and a weird understanding of romance. That is, of course, meaning he locks her into the building and chains her to the table. The film is all about her trying to escape his grasp and survive the night.
If that sounds formulaic and plain to you, that's likely because that's exactly what it is, and that's exactly what I expected. But for what it's worth, I think the film is particularly well-made. The acting is fine in most circumstances, the lead-woman does well enough, neither truly excelling or disappointing, she does about as much as someone could have expected her to do in such a role. The antagonist has a lot more to work with, and Wes Bentley does very well in his role. He can be a little over-the-top and a little out-there at times, but I think it works. In horror, we've seen the psychopathic killer about a million-and-one times but it's all about finding something that really lets the character find life in itself and extra depth. This film doesn't have anything that we haven't already seen, but it's still enjoyable performances all around. Wes is able to deliver a legitimately creepy vibe and is able to find a healthy medium between outlandish and realistic and make it work.
The Christmas theme also adds to it, and also supports the well-made albeit formulaic theory that I had while watching it. Christmas themes definitely aren't unseen in horror, but the music adds something to it, and it even has opportunities to work with the characters and show a little bit of personality. The cinematography also completes the depiction of an atmospheric vibe that feels dark and gritty.
I suppose that what I'll end up saying by the end of this all is that while P2 isn't groundbreaking by any definition of the phrase, and while it's not necessarily a standout title in horror, the film has merit. It's a standard concept done with stability and capability. It doesn't trip over itself, and it keeps itself together in a pleasant surprise of a film.
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Rating: Above Average