August 11th 2008 02:30
The movie is painfully slight and sports more sillyisms than you can throw a heavy duty Maglite at. The title alone is lame. Why not call it The Parking Attendent? Or what about Bad Santa? Hmmm, that title’s already taken.
Wes Bentley as lonely parking attendent Thomas
Rachel, thinking she's alone, realises there's no mobile coverage
Angela's boss Mr. Harper (Simon Reynolds) in a sticky situation
Angela in desperate mode
Angela, even more desperate
The two things that really bothered me was Angela in one car deciding to play chicken with Thomas in his car, and at movie’s end how Angela would defend her actions to police when they find Thomas’s charred body handcuffed to the car. It’s odd how screenwriters can get really pedantic about one element of characterization, and then completely disregard another. Angela walks away from a maimed Thomas who is handcuffed to the car, and he calls out to her pleading that he’s been misunderstood, that he just wants to be friends ‘cos he’s always alone (ha!), but Angela ignores him and he gets angry, blurting out that Angela is ‘a fucking cunt!”, and that’s the verbal straw that broke the camel’s back. Angela turns and lights the leaked stream of petrol with the mini-taser she took from Thomas.
Here's the movie in two minutes, err, I mean here's the trailer:
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