‘As Above So Below’ Review

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Written By: Drew Dowdle & John Erick Dowdle
Directed By: John Erick Dowdle

Cast: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar

Perdita Weeks in the Role of Scarlett is a historian following in the footsteps of her deceased father, who spent his life in search of the Philosopher’s Stone; by following As Above So Belowclues left by noted alchemist Nicolas Flamel (This should ring a bell to Harry Potter fans). After finding the key to translating his notes in an area of Iran forbidden to trespassers, and punishable by death, she enlists her claustrophobic friend George (playedAs Above So Below by Ben Feldman) and a group Paris natives to help her retrieve the stone from the true resting place of the alchemist. They are led deep beneath the Paris catacombs, where they not only find what they are looking for, they also find the gate to hell.

The premise of this film sounded exciting and extremely promising, like a mixture of Indiana Jones and of the 2005 flick  Descent, but within 10 minutes of viewing I realized the true horror or this fright flick; 2 hours of extreme shaky cam. Not apparent in the trailer, you instantly feel nauseous and mildly deceived. Relying solely upon the technique, or lack there of, to build suspense, and further the plot. There are many instances where for a moment something visually intriguing would catch As Above So Belowyour eye, but before you could appreciate any scenery or props, they were jarringly ripped from your view. Leaving the theater disappointed in all the lost potential, and a splitting headache, I cursed that day shaky cam was introduced and further cursed the Director of this film for using for the entirety of the movie. If you decide to drop the dough on a ticket, I highly suggest downing some Dramamine before hand.

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About the Author

Ruby LeRouge
is a long time slave to the Silver Screen, and all around media junkie, with a strong interest in the study and archival of classic cinema reels, scripts, press releases and props. A professional artist, dabbling in prop fabrication, costuming, and practical effects makeup in her spare time. She credits much of her artistic inspiration to her life long love of movies, and holds a special adoration for stop motion animation, film noir, and classic B movies. She writes a movie editorial blog called Sleepless Cinema, sharing her candid view on all media, new and old. Insomniac and cinephile, coffee swiller and media collector, has silver screen scream queen dreams, and she lives her life in technicolor. "While the world sleeps, I watch". - Ruby LeRouge
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