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As Above, So Below, let's be clear, isn't a particularly good movie, especially if things like a cohesive story and logic mean all that much to you.

That being said, it's damn fun. Perdida Weeks plays Scarlett, who's what you get when you combine a little Laura Croft, a little Indiana Jones, with a huge disregard for the lives of her friends. She's in search of the Philosopher's Stone, the same as her father, who came to an untimely end.

Which should have been a hint that she needed to just move on, but I digress.

As Above, So Below is a found footage movie (though curiously the footage isn't found by anyone, which is typically the case with movies like this) and comes with all the baggage that these types of movies typically carry, such as everyone being quite possibly equipped with the best consumer-grade cameras ever made. I know this because I have been running with a pretty decent camera (Contour HD 1080P) and the video often looked like I was caught in an earthquake, while theirs is more often than not clear, and the only sign you could tell they were running at all is that the camera moves forward.

Though what's most interesting is that there's a campiness to some of the movie that I can't tell was deliberate or not. For instance, there's the 'creepy woman inside the club' scene that looks so silly that I can't imagine what was going through director John Erick Dawdle's (who's last two films, Devil and Quarantine were more consistently good, though not quite as entertaining) mind when he filmed it.

Was his goal laughter? I doubt it, though I would have thought that maybe it was an one-off, except that that it happened again, this time when they were exploring the Catacombs below Paris.

The Catacombs of Paris
The Catacombs of Paris

When all is said and done, As Above, So Below doesn't make much in the way of sense, but I think that it's going to do well at the box office because it's a great date movie and a bit of campy fun that doesn't overstay its welcome.


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