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The Ones Below Blu-ray Review

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“The Ones Below” is a solid psychological thriller.

“The Ones Below” revolves around a couple (Kate and Justin) who are expecting a child and their seemingly normal new downstairs neighbors (Jon and Teresa) who are also expecting a child. After Kate and Justin invite their new neighbors over for dinner, all hell breaks loose, however, when Teresa falls and loses her child. Initially, Jon and Teresa move away, but they return and look to bury the hatchet. Kate and Justin, meanwhile, are struggling to adjust to life as new parents and things only get worse when Kate believes that Jon and Teresa are up to no good. Are Jon and Teresa trying to sabotage Kate and Justin’s marriage and family? Do they have alterior motives? Is Kate going mad? All is revealed in the end.

Writer/director David Farr’s “The Ones Below” is the type of grounded slow burn psychological thriller that gets better as it goes on. It rewards viewer’s patience with its dark, sad, and disturbing tension filled story about family and parenting. It never comes across as too outlandish which makes it all the more effective. It also helps that the film just focuses on the two couples giving it an almost claustrophobic feel in that you are in this space with the characters.

Of course, a lot of the film’s success is due to the 4 main actors Clemence Poesy, fan favorite David Morrissey, Laura Birn and Deborah Findlay. They all give extremely believable and realistic performances that enhance the film overall.

The only real downside here is the score by Adem Ilhan. The eerie “Suspiria” esque “La la la” lullaby (if you want to call it that) was completely overdone and unnecessary. It actually took me out of the film at times because it was so out of place.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? This disc boasts a crisp bright transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The audio is a bit low for my taste, but it’s decent enough.

Extras:
* “The Ones Below” trailer and trailers for other Magnet/Magnolia trailers.
* “Creating A Cinematic Moment: Under The Bridge”- David Farr talks about the creation of a certain scene.
* “Going Below The Story”- David Farr and others talk about the story and themes of the film.
* “Behind The Cast And Characters”- A featurette that contains interviews with the cast/crew and discussions about the characters.
* “Car Stunt: Breaking Down An Action Sequence”- A behind-the-scenes look at the making of a car sequence.

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August 26, 2016 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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