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This is why I don't park in Multi Storey car parks!
Member Name: kirstymc
Advantages: Great gripping thriller.
Disadvantages: Will make you scared to park in a Multi Storey
Director: Franck Khalfoun
Writers: Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur
It's Christmas Eve in New York and workaholic Angela is working late. As usual her car is the last in the building in the multi storey - but tonight her car won't start. She finds the car park security guard Thomas who helps her try to start the car. Pretty soon we find that Thomas is not all he seems and Angela finds herself trapped in a cat and mouse game with a psychopath.
This might just be me but if there is one thing I really hate it is being one of the last to leave a multi storey car park. Every noise seems amplified, danger seems to lurk around every pillar and I find myself walking hurriedly or even sometime running to the safety of my car. The thought of being trapped inside absolutely horrifies me. This is the reason why I will avoid the Multi Story whenever possible. This film plays with all of these fears.
I thought this was a great little horror film. Khalfoun successfully builds up the tension throughout and throws the viewer a few scares along the way. The story although not entirely original has enough about it to keep you gripped - although the beginning seems a little slow you will soon be drawn into Angelas plight.
Wholly shot in the car park the setting of the multi storey is used to great effect. We've all been there and we all know how lonely and desolate those places can be, is there ever more relief then emerging from their dark shadows into the real world? It seems like Angela is trapped in a rat run of which there is no escaping. There were some bloody scenes which will certainly please all you gore lovers but the real horror is in the psychological game as it plays out. There are a few plot holes and you will need to suspend you disbelief in parts but on the whole the story is really good. The music is also brilliant as Christmas songs which are usually happy and jolly take on a sinister tone when played through the scratch car park tannoy system.
The flim contains a minuscule cast, there are basically only 2 characters for about 95% of the film but they are good characters played out brilliantly by Wes Bently and Rachel Nichols. Bently is excellent as Thomas playing creepy to the max. However as deranged as Tomas is there are points where you cannot help but feel sympathy for him. I thought the character of Angela was brilliant - she is certainly not a dumb horror flick girl and makes some very clever moves in her attempts to escape. It was refreshing to see someone trapped in a situation where you aren't constantly going for gods sake why doesn't she just do this or that.
This film is not going to win any awards but if you are after an entertaining thriller this is certainly worth a watch.
Summary: High tension horror/thriller.