Nine Miles Down
Release Date: 2009 (not currently available on home video) – Rated R
Plot Summary: A research team has not been heard from at a remote drilling site in the Sahara desert; they were attempting to drill down further than man had gone before to analyze the core samples they found. The company that owns the site has called on one of their security agents named Jack to check out the camp and make sure everyone is alright. When he arrives he finds the main building deserted and some of the rooms trashed, as well as strange writings on the wall that appear to have been made with blood. He later finds that there is one survivor in a building set away from the compound, a doctor named Jennifer. She relates the story of what has happened here: as the team broke to a depth of nine miles, strange things started happening. A probe was sent into the hole and recorded the sounds below – the sounds of humans screaming in agony, the sounds of Hell. People begin to see their deceased loved-ones as well as demons and other odd occurrences. Several people are killed, with the remaining staff running off into the desert to die of exposure. Jennifer never reveals why she stayed behind, and it is up to Jack to try to figure out what happened there and if Jennifer is really what or whom she claims to be.
Alex’s Thoughts: This is definitely a movie that will keep your attention. There is a lot to take in and follow, but the pay-off is worth it. It reminded me a lot of Event Horizon, in that you don’t really know what’s real and who to believe. There is some absolutely great camera work, but there is some iffy acting at times from the actress that plays Jennifer; but it gets better as the movie progresses.
Tim’s Thoughts: I was really impressed with this movie, right from the start this movie got my heart pumping. It stays away from the cheap scares, teasing you, and building up to some really great scenes later in the movie. The acting is mostly good, and really seems to get better as the film progresses, I don’t know if I had just stopped noticing, or if the female lead was just better at playing some parts than others. Overall I was really happy with this, and I think if you can get your hands on a copy you will too, assuming you like horror, and don’t mind not knowing what really happened till the absolute last minute.
Final Thoughts: Give it a try. An intelligent movie audience should really enjoy it. As this movie is only available as a Region 2 DVD, and not yet released to US markets, getting your hands on a copy might be difficult. Since we’re now members of the media elite, we have and ‘exclusive’ copy that we would be happy to lend if you’re interested in seeing this film.
Alex Rates This Movie 7/10
Tim Rates This Movie 8/10
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