Saturday, November 19, 2016

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

As Above, So Below Movie Review

Alchemy student Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) enlists the help of a group of people to assist her into the Catacombs of Paris in search of the philosopher's stone. Once down there, however, the group notices things aren't quite as they seem. At various times the team appears to enter Hell, is reminded of mistakes they have made in their lives, comes across monsters, discover hidden treasures, and, of course, gets killed off one by one. This movie is some sort of strange combination of genres that, at various times, will remind you of The Mummy, National Treasure, The Descent, and Triangle, only not as good as any of those films. Oh yeah, and it's a found footage film. The cast is actually somewhat likable, and one of them, in a reference I enjoyed, is named Siouxsie.

aaaand her nickname is Banshee

The film does set up and interesting premise, but fails in the delivery. We see a bunch of weird stuff happening simply for the sake of having weird stuff happen--the result is a bunch of distractions that do nothing to move the story along. As we get near the end of the film the story switches to supernatural vs superhuman, and the twists and turns get more absurd with each passing scene. For being a found footage film this is shot fairly well, and a lot of credit has to be given to the movie for having actually been shot in the Catacombs--given this, As Above, So Below had potential to be a truly terrifying film, but it turned out a slightly above average movie.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 6

As Above, So Below Movie Trailer

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