As Above, So Below (2014)

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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.

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1 September 2014 | mickeyjdavies
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| Catacomb raider: The (unintentionally) hilarious adventures of Scarlet Croft
Precocious young female British archaeologist equipped with martial arts skills & mandatory posh voice (but this time without dual firing pistols) is off following her father's footsteps on an adventure to find an ancient mysterious artifact with fabled mystical powers.

It leads her into raiding a tomb (the French catacombs in this case, hmm why is this starting to remind me of something?) where mysterious things start happening involving angels & darkness. Along the way we are shown evidence as to how brilliant she is, for example she is an expert in languages (can string together a couple of basic words in French) & has a Masters in Chemistry, somehow allowing her to clean stone relics & perform basic First Aid. She is joined by her equally nonsensical potential love interest who fixes ancient clock towers using watchmaker glasses as a hobby & naturally translates Aramaic into modern English poetry.

So a little ridiculous then & not exactly original, but in this case that is part of it's charm. The movie continually sets up little sub plots that it is blatantly not going to do anything with, randomly introduces things that make no sense in order to lead to the next set piece & everything is done with such gleeful arbitrariness that I couldn't help but be charmed & highly amused by it.

Ultimately if you're looking for a dark unsettling movie about the nature of death, regret & evil or a psychological shaky cam movie with monsters you won't find either here (I'd recommend revisiting The Others or Rec instead). On the other hand if you fancy some faintly ridiculous, fun, funny adventure with good old fashioned scary set pieces give it a try.

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