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A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve.



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Complete credited cast:
Jim Harper
Philip Akin ...
Lorraine (voice)
Man in Elevator
Woman in Elevator
Bathsheba Garnett ...
Homeless Woman
Philip Williams ...
Cop #1
Cop #2


The story centers on a corporate climber who gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard. With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive. Written by

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A new level of fear. See more »


Crime | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore, terror and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El nivel del pánico  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,083,398 (USA) (2 November 2007)


$3,992,339 (USA) (14 December 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was shot in two months, exclusive at night, at a real working Toronto parking garage. See more »


In the beginning when she's trying to use her cell phone, it clearly says "Telus" on it. Telus is a Canadian cell phone company that doesn't provide service to New York City. Technically she could be roaming, but it seems unlikely. See more »


[first lines]
Angela Bridges: Yes, sir, I redrafted the contracts to include the new stipulations.
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Crazy Credits

Accompanying the closing credits are a few stills from the film, presented as if the movie had been a comedy. See more »


Melisma Alleluia
Written by Stephen Edwards (as Stephen James Edwards)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Decent if unspectacular cat 'n mouse horror thriller
29 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Before P2, I never would have thought an underground car park would be a remotely interesting location for a horror film, or indeed any film. These sorts of preconceptions are made to be broken though, and P2 does a great job of first making its location interesting, then ratcheting up the suspense and excitement for an overall pretty pleasing hour and a half or so. Set on Christmas Eve, a committed career woman works late and finds herself unable to start her car. Things really start to go wrong when she encounters a strange young security guard and declines his offer of Christmas dinner, driving him over the edge in doing so. This is pretty basic stuff, a cat 'n mouse horror thriller that supplies enough shocks and tension to work, bustling along at a decent pace with a reasonably likable protagonist and interesting villain. Wes Bentley is the crazy security guard here and he plays the role as if it fits him like a glove. Its a slick, easy turn, pulsing with low key weirdness and a whiff of latent savagery, he lacks the sinister chops to become truly menacing, but does succeed a a gripping presence. Rachel Nichols also does a good job, harried demeanour mounting to affecting desperation, she wrings out as much tension as she can and maintains sympathy throughout. Now you may be thinking at this point, so the acting is OK and its a decent formula plot, but how the devil does this thing get around being set in a car park? Well, its a matter of smart direction and cinematography. Regular Aja collaborator Maxime Sendre gives the setting a grey and impersonal look, a cold and unappealing place. Then he highlights the color painted signs on the otherwise white walls, with different colours for each level the signs catch the eye, a distraction from the monotony. Franck Khalfroun directs with a feel for the monotony, the unwelcoming, inhuman locale and its contrast with the action, the increasingly dangerous and violent hurly-burly of the film takes on greater effect because of the grim setting, the two characters standing out all the more just being alive. When you stir in the at times rather intense action, altogether it works fairly well. The film does slightly overstay its welcome though. Its pretty thin stuff, like most cat 'n mouse thrillers of this sort, and it lacks the dynamic design, inspiration or out and out uncontrolled craziness that such a situation requires to stay interesting. Sure things are exciting and there's a terrific shock scene around halfway through, but after a while things do start to get repetitive and Wes Bentley's dialogue begins to slip into bathos. Essentially the film could happily have been shorn of 15 minutes or so and been a better experience, when the end comes it isn't exactly a massive sigh of relief but the film is definitely starting to get long in the tooth. I was never exactly bored or displeased, but in the final third or so I was peering at the run time once or twice. Still, little faults aside this is good fun stuff and I'd recommend it, not a classic but certainly solid.

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