As Above So Below (2014)
As Above, So Below revolves around a young woman named Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) who has studied Archeology all her life. She has been particularly obsessed with the study of Nicolas Flamel and the Philosopher’s Stone which she believes is buried beneath the catacombs in Paris. The Philosopher’s Stone grants everlasting power and life so of course she can’t wait to risk her life to find it. Scarlett, along with 5 others, set out to scour the catacombs to see just how deep they will go but what awaits them is horrific.
In yet ANOTHER horror movie filmed with a handheld camera, As Above So Below is taken mostly from the viewpoint of cameras mounted on everyone’s heads. I have to admit that the first 45 minutes of the movie were set up pretty well and kept my interest. On paper, it sounds like Scarlett is a female Indiana Jones, but this movie is far from offering excitement. Once the group enters the tunnels, the confusion sets in. The cameras are ALWAYS shaking and it is hard to focus on what you are seeing. With the fact that the only light is from flashlights, and sometimes the images are flashing, I constantly found myself closing my eyes or looking at the floor. The first half of the movie seemed to be too convenient for what was going on and the 2nd half leaves the audience wondering just what is going on… and even if I did know what was going on, I don’t think it would matter because this movie wasn’t really scary. It did remind me of a movie called The Descent several years ago where a team of women lost their minds exploring a cave, but As Above So Below was just bad for the eyes, thus making anything else just not matter. Stop making movies out of handheld cameras! It’s really annoying! Co-starring Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Francois Civil, Marion Lambert and Ali Marhyar.
4/10 Stars – The idea was interesting, but the set up seemed too convenient and the follow through was difficult to follow.