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lady, they said to turn off your cell phone before the movie started...

lady, they said to turn off your cell phone before the movie started...

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Rachel Nichols, Wes Bentley

Angela: Please just let me go.  I won’t tell anyone.
Tom: Oh, yeah, I believe you…

A woman working late on Christmas Eve is terrorized by the security guard working in the parking garage.

This is a mostly by the numbers movie that’s only elevated a bit by Rachel Nichols going all out with her performance.  She may not be the best actress in the world, but it isn’t for lack of effort.  She’s put through a lot in this movie – including car wrecks, near drownings, dog attacks, and more – and she actually manages to make it all fairly believable.  Of course, before the movie really gets going, they had to get her out of her business attire and into a low cut dress for the remainder of the film.  We can’t have our heroine in peril not looking sexy!

Wes Bentley is not quite as successful as the psychotic security guard who has been obsessed with Angela for a long time.  I think he was going for a sort of Norman Bates type character, but he just doesn’t seem to know how to capture that odd, almost childlike loneliness that Anthony Perkins played so well.  A rewrite of the character may have helped too.  Maybe to make him a tad more sympathetic, sad, and unsure of his own actions, rather than the sadistic creep he is here.

I also wish Angela had been a little more interesting.  Sure she gets free and shows her tough side, but I would like to see these women have a tougher mental side in these movies on occasion, rather than just having them whimper and scream until they finally get the best of their tormentor.  How about if Angela keeps her cool, recognizes how obsessed Tom is with her, then uses that to her advantage and out-thinks him in a series of verbal exchanges.

Anyway, back to the movie that actually was.  It has the usual loud music scares and one scene of over the top violence.  Oh, and another one of violence perpetrated on a dog.  But I’d say it had it coming.  Then there’s the obligatory near rescues and escapes that fail.  That cell phone won’t get reception down here in the parking garage?  What a shock.

It’s not a terrible movie, but not a good one either, though at least it kept my attention throughout, which is more than I can say for some movies.  Of course, that dress might have had something to do with that…

When you’ve got the killer down and disabled on the ground, finish him right there!  Don’t run away and let him recover!  Sheesh…

10 – 1.5 for uninteresting characters – 3.5 for lack of originality + .1 for Rachel Nichols being a trooper and giving it all she’s got = 5.1