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My wife and I watched this on DVD a number of years ago, and it was relatively recent at the time, which would put it somewhere between 2000 and 2010 or so. I believe it was American.

The setting was a rundown hotel or apartment building. I remember it was a large white building (at least ten stories, probably more), with cinder block hallways and, if I recall, seemingly located in the middle of nowhere.

The story revolved around a mother and her child (I want to say a daughter, but I don't really remember) moving in. The child was around 12 to 15. She goes exploring and meets an older teenager. It gets fuzzier from there.

I believe the teenager leads her to a hidden loft at the top of the building. Later in the movie it's revealed the loft is over a shaft all the way down to the basement. I believe there was also one or more people chained up in the basement (I seem to recall something about a radio, too). The teenager's mother is revealed to be the villain and is killed when thrown down the shaft.

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I believe you are thinking about the movie "Walled In", released in the US straight to DVD in 2009.

In it, an engineering graduate (Female) is given the assignment of destroying a multistory apartment building. Many of the other elements fit, including bodies in the walls, a shaft to the basement, people chained up in the basement and the lowering of a two way radio to them and the teenager with the mother who is involved. There are a couple elements that don't fit, but I am attributing that to faulty memory, as there are a couple deaths from the shaft, but not the mother.

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You beat me by a few seconds. Actually I'm quite sure that is the movie in question. –  CGCampbell May 29 at 17:09
    
That's it. I guess I confused "recent graduate" with "mother and daughter", among other things, but we only watched it the one time and I was trying my best to pull from memory. –  Michael Itzoe May 29 at 19:32

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