As Above, So Below – Review

Certainly one of the most intriguing titles of recent years, As Above, So Below follows an obsessive young archeologist, Scarlett (Perdita Weeks), who recruits a team of treasure hunters to explore the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris, in search of an ancient artifact. But once inside the catacombs, known as the ‘City of the Dead’, not all is as it seems and a dark evil slumbers, just waiting to unleash horrifying evil upon the unsuspecting explorers.

*CAUTION* – May contain some unavoidable spoilers.

What’s good about the film?
The catacombs below Paris is a subject matter that is rarely touched upon in film, so it’s quite refreshing to be taken somewhere we may not necessarily have known much about, if at all. One of the major horror and suspense elements in the film is the claustrophobic setting; far below the surface in a series of tunnels and chambers that would make even the bravest of cave explorers nervous.

Directed and co-writer John Erick DowdleAs Above, So Below delves into some incredibly well researched and engrossing subject matter that adds to the overall feel of the film, though at times you can’t help but picture the world’s most famous wizard. If you’ve seen the film you’ll know what I mean, if not, you surely will afterwards. There are also some great, heart-pounding and jump-in-your-seat worthy moments that keep you engrossed throughout.

What’s wrong about the film?
A massive down-point about the film is the storyline. As the great as the plot starts out, it somehow manages to get lost down in the catacombs, perhaps slightly ironic considering most of the story involves being lost underneath Paris.

The film has some fantastic historical elements that plays to it’s strengths at the beginning, with a National Treasure (2004) feel about it, mixed in with some horror similar to that of the British horror The Descent (2005), but by the end the story seems to have been completely forgotten about with no resolution for the audience – which unfortunately leaves you with a huge sense of disappointment and fulfillment.

For all intense purposes As Above, So Below grips you from the beginning, throwing you into heart-pounding suspense and horror, but unfortunately leaves you with too many unanswered questions that disconnects you from the characters at the end. Worth a watch though!

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2014)

The Theory of Everything is the new biopic charting the life so far of renowned physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking, starring Academy Award-nominees Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as Stephen and Jane Hawking, the film follows the iconic couple through their university years, marriage, parenthood and the heart-wrenching events as Hawking’s disease starts to take effect.

Most of us will know of Dr. Stephen Hawking, perhaps not so much for his ground-breaking and life-changing research into time relativity and the birth of the universe, but more for his incredible battle against the debilitating illness that is Motor Neurons Disease that has left him almost completely paralyzed.

Oscar-winning director James Marsh takes us on a roller coaster journey charting the life of Stephen Hawking as he continues to unlock the answers to the universe whilst battling the life-changing illness.

Whether you’re an admirer of his work or not, The Theory of Everything will change your entire outlook on life by truly showing you that anything is possible so long as you believe it is, whether that be religious faith or scientific curiosity.

Heart-warming, gut-wrenching and utterly inspiring, this outstanding British cast, including Eddie RedmayneFelicity Jones and David Thewlis, bring these engrossing characters to life in such realistic fashion that you truly struggle to notice the difference between the characters and their real life counter parts.

Oscar success is almost guaranteed for this British biopic masterpiece when the 87th Annual Academy Awards kick-off next month – a must see!

 

Babylon (TV, 2014) – Review

When it comes to innovative and ground-breaking British television drama, Channel 4 is always at the forefront – leading the way in 2014 was the Danny Boyle produced drama, Babylon (TV, 2014).

Centered around a fictitious version of London’s Metropolitan Police Service, Babylon is a six-part mini-series that sees struggling police commissioner Richard Miller (James Nesbitt) employe renowned PR & Communications expert Liz Garvey (Brit Marling) to overhaul the dwindling reputation of the nations biggest police force.

With over 30,000 police officers now under the public eye, Babylon takes a closer look at the inner workings of Commissioner Miller, his service and the uniquely dysfunctional officers that operate within it – most notably the famous SO15 armed response unit, who after finding themselves involved in some high profile shootings, begin to inadvertently unravel the police service’s reputation as personal lives start to spill over publicly into the job.

In the UK, we’re certainly used to police television dramas, with long-running series such as The BillMidsummer Murders, and the recent BAFTA Award-winning Broadchurch, proving the can’t get enough of crime drama.

Hard-hitting, gritty, violent, and expertly written, Babylon is a riveting British drama that’s a true must see!

Who’s in it?

James Nesbitt as Commissioner Richard Miller

Brit Marling as Liz Garvey

Nick Blood as Warwick