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The Pyramid

The Pyramid
Starring:
Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O'Hareand, Christa Nicola and Philip Shelley


Rated: R for some horror violence and bloody images.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: December 5, 2014 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

THE PYRAMID, noisy and dark and that's all.  

Five explorers head into a three sided pyramid buried in Egypt and as far as they know, has had no humans inside for centuries.  The cast find themselves lost quickly when their safety line mysteriously breaks and the way back to the light is lost.  With very little creativity Director, Gregory Levasseur runs the five around, up and down and sideways inside the mysterious pyramid.  

The sudden penetration into the new discovery is motivated by unrest in Egypt which has caused an order to be given that all work must stop and the explorers must leave the site.  Of course we find resistance because they are so very close to discovering something new.  That new appears dangerous to everyone but the five when the robot which is wandering ahead on the path to be explored, pops and blows up.  

With no hesitation they forge into the unknown pyramid and spend the remaining scenes of the film crawling and running back and forth in tunnels that look remarkably the same each time they head for a new exit.  

Not much common sense is used by these scientists, who can't figure out how to lift a rock off the leg of one of the folks when he is trapped when there are large wooden spears along the wall of the chamber which could easily be used to lift the rock and free the character, but then he would not have been able to scream as the creatures chew him up in the dark.

The creatures are Egyptian cats who have grown quite large eating who knows what in a sealed environment and Anubis who act more like hungry wolfs than security for the royalty that probably was buried in the pyramid tomb.  The hand held camera does little except to add to the confusion in the darkness so we can't see what's happening. 

Some effort is expended to depict a feeling of claustrophobia similar to the very effective Descent a few years back but is fails to bring the tension necessary in a film that is designed to be frightening.  We also see sand flowing into one of the chambers which reminds us of Joan Collins being buried in the dead pharos' tomb in one of those spectacular Egyptian films of old.  

Ashley Hinshaw who's work so has been more sensual than here in films like Cherry and + 1, and Christa Nicola in her first full length film have some appeal, but they need a better venue that their work here.  

As the Egyptian soldier stated:  "Stay out of the Pyramid."

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