IF THERE’S A HELL BELOW REVIEWED
“If There’s A Hell Below” is a paranoid journalism thriller. But, it hinges on an unreliable source that constantly threatens the integrity of our lead character’s work. That’s when you stop. In the first 30 minutes, the film throws a ton of material at you. Such things include a sudden death and a lengthy story about a turtle. But, what does it all mean?
That’s the joy of a movie that gives so much of the work to an audience. Traditional narrative patterns force the audience to subscribe to a set path. In keeping with the confusion of the story, the audience becomes one more participant in an ever-expanding conspiracy. Character development is dialed back to build up the mystery and that’s going to annoy a few people. That being said, it works for a modern intel warfare world.
Check it out if that’s your thing. Just don’t whip it out at Christmas. This might be too much for mixed company.
- Alternate Ending
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 2.0