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
RELEASE DATE: 12/6/16
- Video - 89%89%
- Audio - 88%88%
- Supplemental Material - 90%90%
- Film Score - 92%92%
The Plot Thus Far
Abe’s an ambitious young journalist hungry for a story that will launch his career. Debra works in national security and has a serious revelation to leak. In a few minutes, they will meet for the first time. In an hour, one of them will be dead.
Bathed in paranoia, IF THERE’S A HELL BELOW is a cinematic journey down a rabbit hole of betrayal and surveillance where credibility is the only measure of trust, and the fate of one life or millions may hang in the balance. Featuring standout performances from its two leads, director Nathan Williams political thriller is a tense, unnerving exploration of the use and abuse of power and the terrifying ramifications it has when held in the wrong hands.