Universal Pictures | Release Date: August 29, 2014
6.3
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Generally favorable reviews based on 192 Ratings
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Austenn_ByassDec 19, 2014
If you like horror movies you best look elsewhere this movie was both disappointing and a waste of money. The movie took too long to get to the climax, when it started to get there there wasn't much time left for there to be any climax, thenIf you like horror movies you best look elsewhere this movie was both disappointing and a waste of money. The movie took too long to get to the climax, when it started to get there there wasn't much time left for there to be any climax, then when there was I was very disappointed with the following scenes as there was very little horror. Also the trailer gives most of the jump scared away. Don't waste your time or money on this movie. Expand
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come2whereiamSep 1, 2014
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. As Above, So Below has the premise to be a great horror film on paper but sadly on the screen just signals the death of a genre made popular by ‘The Blair Witch Project’ some 15 years ago. Do you want to make a film but can’t be arsed? Then make a shaky-cam film as there is little or no skill required to produce an hour and a half of headache inducing wobbly action. Starting in Iran before moving to the catacombs of Paris the camera work is so frenetic that I couldn’t make out what the hell I was looking at most of the time it certainly didn’t deliver on the promise of the great setting as this could have been any old cave by the time they finally get round to going there, and that’s the films main problem it’s just dull and drawn out. I’ve been to the catacombs (one of the reasons I went to see this film) and it is a quite scary place, the person I was with had a panic attack and yet none of this comes across in the film and this is before it spirals down into a mess of supernatural mumbo jumbo which just makes the last portion of the movie laughable. Plucky brit Lara wannabe Scarlett leads her team in to the caves like a poor man’s Descent, two of her party are clearly only there to be killed off and may as well of worn a red Star Trek top each from the outset. Once inside they quest for a magic stone that has the ability to heal you if you get hurt therefore removing any suspense that might have been left in this vacuous borefest. All it took to make this film is any old cave, a group of models and a handful of Go-Pros and a way of reducing the majesty and history of the Paris catacombs into nothing more than a gimmicky footnote to get people in to the cinema. Expand
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JohnMasterLNov 3, 2014
¿En serio? una película de terror en una cueva donde a lo unico que le temen son a sus traumas? ¿de donde viene eso? la película es una tontería, no se explica, la trama es super sencilla, un grupo de personas va a explorar una cueva en busca¿En serio? una película de terror en una cueva donde a lo unico que le temen son a sus traumas? ¿de donde viene eso? la película es una tontería, no se explica, la trama es super sencilla, un grupo de personas va a explorar una cueva en busca de tesoros (la piedra filosofal) y resulta que esta maldita, ¿razones? ni idea, las muertes, los efectos, las actuaciones, el maquillaje, la fotografía... TODO PÉSIMO, no se entiende, aburre, los screamers son tontos, sin chiste, no asustan ni dan miedo, la claustrofobia que me tendría que dar no surge.
un fracaso TOTAL!
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ihateregisterinSep 6, 2014
I would rather be eaten by goats than be forced to subject myself to this film again. Basically, a magic pseudo-superwoman named Scarlett who, somehow, has 2 PhDs and a Master's Degree by the time she's roughly 30 and can solve any riddle inI would rather be eaten by goats than be forced to subject myself to this film again. Basically, a magic pseudo-superwoman named Scarlett who, somehow, has 2 PhDs and a Master's Degree by the time she's roughly 30 and can solve any riddle in a matter of 30 seconds, tries to unearth the mythical Philosopher's Stone. Of course, she also has the capability to solve any problem the plot may throw at her, from lock-picking to whatever else the writer cared to dream up. The story is non-existent, the repetitive jump scares are thoroughly boring, and the over-acting is hilariously bad in parts. Avoid this film as if it were the Black Death, as it's arguably even worse than that. Expand
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yamahachk528Sep 13, 2014
Don't waste the $9. Awful Blair Witch-type shake cam footage leaves it nearly impossible to watch, let alone figure out what is happening. I'm unsure as to how anyone on metacritic could give this a good review, maybe they are all the actorsDon't waste the $9. Awful Blair Witch-type shake cam footage leaves it nearly impossible to watch, let alone figure out what is happening. I'm unsure as to how anyone on metacritic could give this a good review, maybe they are all the actors and crew? Expand
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Phoenix_Wright_Sep 12, 2014
The same horror movie tricks every F*****g movie for the last 20 years! they need to lay off the indistry for a few years and come up with a GOOD idea AND story.
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wtom62Nov 24, 2014
this is the most boring and non-scary low budget movie I have ever seen..... So glad I didn't have to pay to go see this movie in the theater If you like horror movies you'll probably won't like it. The plot is nonsensical
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Sebe2012Feb 27, 2015
Another moronic so-called found footage film . Hideous storyline and bad acting . Don't even go that below as the film is horrid. Stay away and watch something else.
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leaveitSep 23, 2014
Found footage. Claustrophobia/cave. Gregorian. The main character, a wealthy white woman doctoral student who says she has a black belt in Krav Maga (i.e. Lara Croft but as a horror protagonist) survives. That's all you need to know; you canFound footage. Claustrophobia/cave. Gregorian. The main character, a wealthy white woman doctoral student who says she has a black belt in Krav Maga (i.e. Lara Croft but as a horror protagonist) survives. That's all you need to know; you can fill in the blanks now. Expand
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AxeTMay 13, 2015
This trend of the handheld "found footage" sub genre has got to end! What was highly innovative and very influential starting with "The Blair Witch Project" has become a way for the studios to put out severely substandard fare and market andThis trend of the handheld "found footage" sub genre has got to end! What was highly innovative and very influential starting with "The Blair Witch Project" has become a way for the studios to put out severely substandard fare and market and sell it as if it were on the level of real motion pictures as we've always known them, when in fact the product is not only not worth the price of admission but not even worthy of being in theaters at all.
This unwatchable junk has the worst camera work (intentional or not), dumb inexplicable story, and is cast with non-actors. That's not a real movie! Too bad, because the premise set in Paris was a good idea unfortunately totally wasted here by going so low budget.
This amateur crap can play on the festival circuit or internet but sure as hell cannot be passed off as actual cinema.
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StevesitzDec 9, 2014
A horror that starts out decent and had great character development but leaves you with an ending that will have you scratching your head and questioning the rest of what you just watched. Don't get me wrong; the movie was fun to watch atA horror that starts out decent and had great character development but leaves you with an ending that will have you scratching your head and questioning the rest of what you just watched. Don't get me wrong; the movie was fun to watch at the start, and the scares you really great, but once reaches the climax you aren't left or given much of an explanation and will have any fans of 'Bill and Teds Bogus Journey' convinced that this movie completely ripped off their interpretation of Death. It really did fell like the writers just didn't know how to end, what was up until then, a decent horror flick. A good watch for those that just like to be scared and don't care much for story, but any horror fan will be throwing their popcorn at the screen once the credits start to roll. Expand
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WJSJun 5, 2015
Despite the valiant attempts of a fairly talented cast of good looking but unknown actors, the only thing this movie proves to be is a mind numbing decent into claustrophobia.
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JLauJan 28, 2021
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Unbearably smug woman drags a bunch of seemingly stupid people into the catacombs under Paris to look for a magic rock but they all die. Expand
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