´╗┐ As Above, So Below (2014) Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Franšois Civil - movie review on The Movie Scene

As Above, So Below (2014)   2/52/52/52/52/5

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Perdita Weeks and Ben Feldman in As Above, So Below (2014)

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Scarlett Marlowe's (Perdita Weeks) search for the philosopher's stone leads her to France and her friend George (Ben Feldman) who helps her decipher old text. What they believe is that the stone is buried deep beneath the city of Paris. With the help of some locals they head down in to the catacombs where they find themselves having to confront their own deepest fears.

I think I have a general disposition to dislike POV movies, those movies where everything is shown from the prospective of some shaky amateur camera work by one of the characters in the movie. I generally don't know why but I just find the fake ness of these sort of faux documentary style movies really annoying. As such I have to say that "As Above, So Below" was on to a loser pretty much immediately with an opening scene which forewarned of how annoying the shaky camera work was going to be though the entire movie.

Now if you can get past this choice of storytelling what you end up with is in fairness a creative movie which at times seems to have a bit of "Indiana Jones" adventure mixed with some supernatural stuff surrounding stuff from the character's pasts as well as some spooky goings on with phones ringing in the catacombs. The trouble is that it is a nightmare to follow especially with all the handheld stuff going on and truth be told I came close to giving up trying to make sense of the movie and just watch for the creativity.

Unfortunately this desire to watch just for the creativity was heightened by the fact pretty much all of the characters annoyed me. Again I am sure the whole POV played a big part in this but I generally found them to be an uninteresting bunch.

What this all boils down to is that on one hand I quite enjoyed the creativity in "As Above, So Below" but as a whole the movie just didn't do much for me and I ended up finding it a chore to watch, some thing which happens with most POV movie.


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