As Above, So Below: Overly Familar, Mediocre Thriller

Universal’s wannabe pyschological thriller, “As Above, So Below” is a modestly-budget feature whose narrative premise may be overly familiar by now

Set in the catacombs under Paris, the fotage-found thriller is directed by John Erick Dowdle from a script he co-wrote with his brother, Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil).

The catacombs beneath the streets of Paris seem to be the home to countless souls and countless secrets. When a team of young and adventurous explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the secrets of what this city of the dead was meant to contain.

Meant to be a journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below struggles too hard to sustain tension in revealing to us the personal, haunting demons.

 

Credits:

MPAA: R

Running time: 93 minutes.

Produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Drew Dowdle and Patrick Aiello.

Alex Hedlund serves as the executive producer.

 

 

Released:  August 29, 2014

The film has launched with a moderate $470,000 at late shows Thursday night in 1,805 theaters in the U.S.  The forecasts is for $8 million to $10 million for the Labor Day weekend.

Legendary Pictures produced the movie, starring Ben Feldman and Perdita Weeks, it in the first film released under its deal with Universal, which is  expanding “As Above” to 2,637 theaters.