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Underground

UK 2023
produced by
Lars Janssen, Charlotte Dawn Potter for Guernsey Filmworks, Rêvasser Films
directed by Lars Janssen
starring Caitlyn Barber, Charlotte Dawn Potter, Maaike Tol, Nadia Dawber, Sapphire Brewer-Marchant, Alexandra Rhiana Rowe, Dave King, Bodo Friesecke, James Swanton, Evie Hyett, Brandon Ashplant, Cameron Ashplant, Mikey Ferbrache, Andrew T Hislop, Chris Reeves, Danny Lowe, Dave Hyett, Kaelan Le Page, Mike Ozanne, Peter Amory, Ben Hislop, Jasmine Hislop, Luella Taylor, Simon De La Rue, Annette Henry, Louise Mitchinson, Lynda Potter, Jack Watson
written by Charlotte Dawn Potter, Lars Janssen, music and sound design by Herman Witkam

review by
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It's only days until Ella's (Maaike Tol) getting married to Abigail (Alexandra Rhiana Rowe), so her best friends Jessica (Caitlyn Barber), Riley (Charlotte Dawn Potter), Claire (Nadia Dawber) and Ziggy (Sapphire Brewer-Marchant) throw her a bachelorette party ... and get so drunk that their taxi driver (Dave King) throws them out of his car a few miles outside their hometown after Ziggy throws up in his car. However, they think they know a shortcut home, a shortcut that takes them past an abandoned facility that once saved as a secret bunker for the Nazis. And as fate has it, while stumbling through the dark, Ziggy falls into one of the bunker's airshafts and breaks a leg. And after the others have climbed down the shaft to get Ziggy out, somebody shuts the airshaft. Now that's troubling of course, all the more so since the bunker's basically a big maze, and finding a way out could take them forever, especially with Ziggy being injured. But then, just like that, Ziggy disappears, and looking for both her and a way out, the girls encounter things are as unnerving as they're unnatural, and they soon have to realize they're not alone in the facility - and whatever's there with them is evil ...

 

Now Underground has been shot found footage style, and to be quite honest, it suffers a bit from this approach, as it's overly relying on shaky camerawork instead of a proper cinematic language to create suspense, is at times badly lit just to fake realism, and an over-reliance on improvisation causes the girls to talk over one another just a bit too much - and on top of that, the found footage approach isn't even narratively warranted in this case. But that all said, Underground is by no means a bad film: Sure, it could have done with a lot less exposition and could have gone into the thick of things a bit sooner, but once the girls are trapped in the bunker, there's many a really scary scene, the location itself manages to provide the film with just the right eerie atmosphere, and the girls' performances are uniformly solid as they portray their characters likeable and relatable. It's a film that no doubt could have been better, but is pretty entertaining as it is nontheless.

 

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