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  • Summary: A crew of coal miners becomes trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another. Inspired by true events. [IFC Midnight]
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jul 31, 2014
    60
    The well-crafted Beneath proves a taut, atmospheric if not especially deep thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jul 20, 2014
    50
    The film is impersonal and populated with wisps of characters who spend most of the running time wandering around in the dark yelling at one another.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 24, 2014
    50
    Sparing with scares and judicious with gore, the director, Ben Ketai (working from a screenplay by Patrick J. Doody and Chris Valenziano), proves better at summoning atmosphere than developing characters.
  4. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jul 22, 2014
    30
    Beneath exhausts the appeal of its thinly sketched characters almost as soon as they're trapped together in the mine's emergency bunker, and it isn't long before Ketai, tiring of human drama, turns instead toward the supernatural.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jul 24, 2014
    30
    It’s hard to tell who’s who; it doesn’t really matter, because they’re all equally bland, and the threat these ciphers face is almost certainly nonexistent. It’s just about the perfect formula for tedium.
  6. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 23, 2014
    25
    It simply turns into another slash-and-dice horror flick, replete with enough screams for three more installments of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jul 25, 2014
    25
    When does a bad, cheap horror movie becomes something more offensively horrible? When it pegs its generic nonsense on real-life tragedy and becomes exploitation. Ben Ketai’s Beneath, not to be confused with the Larry Fessenden film of the same name from last year, is the kind of mediocrity one finds on The Movie Channel on a Saturday night and pretty easily dismisses.

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