After going blind, photographer Sara Frost (Michelle Monaghan) has become something of a recluse who hides from the rest of the world in her boyfriend’s penthouse. When the world finds her in the form of two sadistic criminals looking for a bunch of stolen diamonds, Sara will have to make it through a New Year’s Eve that’s quite different from what she had planned.
The blind woman versus a bunch of killers shtick has already been done before in 1967’s Wait Until Dark and to be honest, that one was a lot more exciting than Penthouse North. The reason that Penthouse North doesn’t suck is because director Joseph Ruben manages to keep things suspenseful enough and gets the job done in 90 minutes and because Michelle Monaghan and Michael Keaton (one of the bad guys) both deliver a pretty solid performance.
This is not the best thriller you’ll see this year but it makes for some efficient entertainment nonetheless. Just one question… what the hell is up with Michael Keaton’s hair or lack thereof?