As Above, So Below (2014)


“The only way out is down.” – La Taupe

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A professor of ancient texts takes a group of explorers into the catacombs below Paris in order to uncover the secret of the Philosopher’s Stone.

My Take on it – AS amny of you are probably already aware, I’m not a fan of horror movies and usually only watch them when someone tries to convince me that a particular film is worth my time.

The premise of this film actually is quite interesting and the first twenty minutes of so feel like an Indian Jones kind of adventure (There’s even a Harry Potter connection).

Unfortunately, things quickly turn into a more supernatural horror film that ruins the atmosphere and tone that they created earlier.

None of the characters are developed on more than a superficial level and that probably has to do with the fact that they are mostly marked as canon fodder along the way.

The film relies far too heavily on connections to Dante’s Inferno and other attempts at explaining the various levels of ell.

Unfortunately, for most people (like me) who are unfamiliar with these texts, many of the references get completely lost.

The final third of the film is a complete mess and a lot happens that is quite confusing because the dialogue and visuals don’t seem to help explain what is really going on and this really takes so much away from the experience.

Bottom Line – Film that starts off really well because it feels like an Indiana Jones type of adventure, but then it turns into a horror film and ruins the atmosphere.  Most of the characters are developed really superficially which shows that they are just there as human canon fodder.  The film relies too heavily on lots of connections to Dante’s Inferno and other depictions of the various levels of Hell and for those of us uninitiated with either (like myself), many of the references get completely lost. The final third of the film is a mess and a lot happens that is not properly explained which also takes away from the experience.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was the first ever production that secured permission from the French government to film in the catacombs. The film utilizes a set of narrow, winding tunnels of the Paris catacombs, complete with real mint skeletons creepily arranged centuries ago. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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