Reviewed on 2010 June 27
Rabble-rousing yarn about a bidnesswoman trapped in a parking garage on Christmas Eve, of all days, by a psycho security guard.
Angela (Rachel Nichols) is having a lousy Christmas Eve and it’s getting exponentially worse. She’s stuck working late when she’s trying to rush to her family’s Christmas dinner, her car won’t start, and by now the only person around is Thomas the security guard (Wes Bentley). Thomas is working all night and asks her to share his Christmas dinner with him, which she rebuffs; she’s in a hurry to get to her family. What she doesn’t know is that Thomas is insane, obsessed with her, and already plans to have himself a merry little Christmas with her whether she comes willingly or not.
I didn’t expect much when I started watching this; by the end of it I was completely pulled in and yelling at my TV. It has its clichés but it also has a smart protagonist, fighting like a crazed weasel despite her circumstances. It’s also impressive to see Bentley, who fleshed out what was probably the most level-headed character in American Beauty, play such an impressive and creepy psycho here. There are a couple of stomach-turning bits, and some plot cracks (they’re too minor to call plot holes), but overall this is a good entry in the genre. I don’t recall the last time I got so angry for the victim that I wanted her to just haul off and pound the crap out of the guy.
Three chocolate morsels.