Monday, May 16, 2016

Film Review: The Pyramid (2014)

The Pyramid (Review)
United States/2014
Format Viewed For Review: HBO Now
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...there's nothing to be afraid of in this pyramid."

Two stupid archaeologist lead two foolish documentary filmmakers and a tech guy into a three-sided pyramid 600-feet beneath the earth's surface...

So, The Pyramid is your basic modern horror movie. The film follows father-daughter archeologists Dr. Miles (Denis O'Hare) and Nora Holden (Ashley Hinshaw), documentarians Terry (James Buckley) and Sunni, and the tech guy, Michael. So, this group is on the brink of unearthing a hidden pyramid. As they break ground, they are pummeled with poisonous gas. On top of that, their project is immediately canceled due to the unrest in Egypt. Don't worry, though, Nora knows how to convince people to do stupid things. So, after a remote controlled robot is attacked in the pyramid, the group decide to enter the hazardous grounds. From there, you can expect some of the same ol' tricks: things go wrong, people shout over each other, loud noises, etc. There are a few interesting scenes here, but it doesn't really work. The ending was bad, too.

The Pyramid is an utterly disappointing film. The film is plagued by a common issue in modern horror: annoying characters. Usually, I try to give annoying characters a pass 'cause, you know, there are annoying people in our society. Unfortunately, these hollow, obnoxious characters and their incredibly stupid decisions got under my skin. I felt like yelling at my screen, telling them to do the smart thing. Unfortunately, this reveals a bigger issue with the movie: the plot contrivances. It's contrived and there's no way around that. It's also filled with bizarrely laced exposition. "Oh, he just died, I better tell you the history of this pyramid now." In terms of horror, there was one jump-scare that jolted me and there were a few suspenseful moments. Otherwise, there's nothing to be afraid of in this pyramid.

The acting is also fairly mediocre – due to acting abilities and the stilted dialogue. Ashley Hinshaw was mostly serviceable, but she often overacted, especially when the scenes became demanding. James Buckley, who plays the only tolerable character, offers a decent performance, though. This is a found-footage/traditional hybrid, which can be disorienting. You're often left wondering whose perspective you're experiencing only to be shown it's no one's moments later – they should have stuck to one. The film is written by Daniel Meersand and Nick Simon; Gregory Levasseur directs. The writing is mostly disappointing. I wish the characters and story were more focused. The direction fails to conjure any noteworthy scares, too.

Overall, The Pyramid is a bad film. There are some interesting tidbits here and there, but there's not enough to warrant a feature length movie. The story is often dull, the characters are irritating, the shooting style is intrusive, and the horror is nearly nonexistent. This film makes me appreciate movies like As Above, So Below much more. In fact, I think I'll recommend you watch that before you watch this.

Score: 3/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore.

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