THZ EXCLUSIVE: “As Above, So Below” Film Review

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures

“As Above, So Below” brought the revival of the ‘found footage’ genre back to the big screen in 2014. Much like the film’s “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity”, “As Above, So Below” gave you a first person experience to the action. Although, it had it’s occasional horror anticipation moments, the film was predicated on loud noises, jumpy camera movements and confusion.

Confusion…not necessarily being a good thing.

The film, was set in Paris where two young archeologist Scarlet Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) and George (Ben Feldman) are on a quest to uncover the truth hidden beneath the Paris Catacombs, which hold the remains of approximately six million people.

From the beginning of the film, it was clear we were in for an Indiana Jones meets The Blair Witch type experience. With a daring protagonist in Scarlet who yields an archaeology background, along with hidden locations, mystery and, of course, buried treasure. What could go wrong?

Well here’s what did…

It was a great concept, but I felt as if the movie didn’t do any one particular thing well enough. The plot had potential, but where the plot lacked was in its consistency. At points throughout the movie, I found myself asking, what’s going on here? How did that happen? Or where did that come from? I was almost too confused to be scared…

It was your typical ‘found footage’ film; it didn’t bring anything new to the table. Shaky cameras, disorientation, claustrophobia, loud noises and highly recognizable ‘pop out’ scenes.

Despite dropping the ball on the plot, I think the actors did considerably well especially Perdita, who gave us something we haven’t seen in a while, if at all. A strong-daring female lead in a horror flick, that was unafraid of the challenges that lied ahead. Time and time again, she’d tell the rest of the characters “we must keep moving forward.” While majority of the other characters (mostly male), appeared to have ‘released’ themselves in their underwear.

The amazing thing about this film, besides being shot on only a budget of $5 million, the entire movie was shot underground, in the real catacombs in Paris. Pretty creepy I might add…

All and all the film was pretty entertaining, can’t say it lived up to the hype of the plot and other found footage films but, I got a first hand view of the creepy catacombs in Paris and that was good enough for me.

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