Taking another delve into one of my favourites you guys. Found footage movies. I know, I know, you hate them and they’re garbage and found footage is the worst thing ever and blah blah blah. Shut it. When its done well, it’s great. So, lets talk about As Above So Below. What’s this one about? It’s pretty simple :
When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.
So, this was one of those new movies that I have just kind of skipped out on watching trailers for, so I didn’t really have a good sense of what I was getting myself into. I knew that it was filmed on location in the catacombs of Paris, and had the air of something similar to The Descent about it. While the first part was true, and quite fantastic to look at it, the second part proved not to be quite as I expected. This movie has a story that felt a little bit like Disney’s National Treasure, with even a few Harry Potter elements to it. Our heroine is on the quest for the actual Philospher’s Stone, using clues left over the centuries by the creators. Now, it might sound a little bit silly, and at first I thought it was going to be.
Wonderfully, it wasn’t.
This is a pretty fresh addition to the over-saturated found footage market. There are a few silly story points, but over all this really does feel like a fresh and interesting story. It’s paced very well, and contains some genuinely creepy moments. While it might not scare in the way that other movies of this type do, or even pack the same emotional punch as The Descent did, it still makes for a fun little ride in its own way.
We also have a pretty likeable cast of characters, many of whom I didn’t recognize. The most recognizable actor was the very likable Ben Feldman (Cloverfield) and we also get some pretty good performances from Perdita Weeks (The Tudors) and Francois Civil (Frank).
While I’m not sure how much of the mythology from the film is based on actual myth or how much of it was made up specifically for the movie, it doesn’t really make much difference. It’s a great bunch of fun and the movie manages to communicate a great amount of information and really pulls you into this world with them.
All in all, As Above delivers some pretty excellent scares, and a plot that really keeps you interested from beginning to end. It’s not the best one I’ve seen all year, but it’s far from being the worst, and I certainly give it a recommend for anyone looking for something new.
Final Grade : B-