good thriller from a director who has done some really fine films and shows here that he’s not through. sure the situation is a bit contrived, but if you can’t get past that then you’re seriously limiting the number of films you’re going to see. the direction is creative, but mostly stays within thriller conventions. the comic relief is effective and plentiful, but avoids turning this into a comedy. normalcy is well established and horror is well built. forest whitaker is very good, but so is everyone. his character is more complex than the others though so it’s more worth mention. overall a very fine film with plenty of nods to “die hard” (the ultimate trapped-in-a-building movie).