Above tries to elevate itself into a smarter genre horror film, as science and mythology clash in classic speculative fiction; but it too often loses that edge. Focusing nearly 30 minutes of time before they even descend into the catacombs, our characters sing and establish their backstories for too long before ultimately agreeing to work with one another. It's not until then that the film finally starts to look and feel like I'd expect, flipping back and forth between history lesson and tense build-ups before releasing some fairly scary moments. But then the ridiculous genre cliches begin to pop up, including principal camera guy Benjy (Edwin Hodge) making the decision to follow noises and mysterious tennants of the tunnels that will ultimately lead to his death. Dumb. Visually, we're forced into too many close-quarters camera shots where we can't even tell what is happening. The last 10 minutes of Above is just that, as Scarlett runs (and keeps running into) all sorts of danger as she seeks to understand the Stone's allure.
As Above So Below is Rated R for bloody violence/terror, and language throughout and has a runtime of just 93 minutes.
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