Saw As Above, So Below. It was actually alright. It's a found-footage horror film set in the Paris catacombs, but the first 20 minutes or so felt more like a Tomb Raider (or Uncharted, or The Last Crusade etc.) homage with a super smart, multi-lingual female archaeologist protagonist searching for the philosopher's stone. This part was fantastic, really fun to watch. It's been so long since I've seen a good adventure film and I think this could have been a great one. The lead girl was great (she's all that carries the film basically) and the chemistry between her and her boyfriend was way above the relationships of most other horror films. In hindsight this part got me way too excited, it had me expecting an Indiana Jones film that gradually descends into madness
Of course then they introduce four more borderline redshirt characters you don't give a shit about and actually get to the catacombs, and the whole thing goes to wank from there. It's all jumpscares and none of them work, always too predictable and often things you'd have seen exactly before if you've seen many horror films. There were several claustrophobic moments that were scary without trying to be but they didn't really take advantage of that.
The last act was absolutely piss weak. It's like they were just crossing goals off a producer's horror movie checklist when they realized the kill count was zero and we'd lost all focus. Characters start getting killed off in the most arbitrary and uncreative ways. They start hinting that the catacombs make you face your fears and regrets, and at one point they literally crawl through what's said to be the entrance to hell. I was expecting shit to get crazy but it's just more caves, still without anything overly creative or interesting. They don't do anything with the regret aspect either, two or three characters have a traumatic event in their backstory that comes to an obvious conclusion. Then the ending just happens, really neither open ended nor conclusive enough to be satisfying.
So yh I wanted to like it but it was pretty much Wasted Potential: The Motion Picture. I feel it has the heart and soul of a great movie in there, though not necessarily a great horror movie. It has some fantastic ideas but it's severely lacking in execution and creativity. Overall I'd give it a 5.334 out of G major.