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As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below
Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Francois Civil and Marion Lambert

Rated: R for bloody violence/terror, and language throughout.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: August 29, 201 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

This is a rip-off of the Blair Witch rip-off film.

What we see is a moving camera floating through scenes that are confusing enough or dark enough that we can't figure out what is happening.  Added in is a series of loud sounds that are suppose to establish an atmosphere of fear, and tension which are present in horror films.  All we get is a slow moving dull film. 

The characters lead by Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) head down under the city of Paris searching for history or treasurer depending on which character we connect with.  Scarlett is the courageous and determined leader of the pack, she keeps going down the up staircase through caves, holes, tunnels and various dark places underground.  

For some reason images we see are a creation of the mind, what they think is what is seen, but as usual in a film like this the characters each begin to be killed off by one dark undisclosed reason or another.  

The quest is never clearly delineated it's just one passage after another.  The real star of the film is the jerky hand held camera which travels through flashing lights even as the explorer's lights begin to fail.  No effort is made to plot the direction of the adventure, that probably made it easy to just pull the characters through one danger after another and piece the scenes together with no direction.   

The only emotional event comes when the characters must slip through a narrow passage which reminds us of the creepy but effective scenes in The Descent where a group of young women attempt to move through dark narrow unexplored caves which lead to a river of blood.  

But unlike The Descent, As Above, So Below doesn't even make us uncomfortable, it's a sleeper, one could easily fall asleep during this dud of a thriller.  

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