The Ones Below online movie review - Love thy neighbour....
Parents-to-be Kate and Justin bond with the expectant couple who live below them in a London apartment complex.
But when tragedy strikes, the relationship between the two pairs turns sinister, leaving Kate to fear for her sanity and the safety of her newborn......
It's refreshing that for once a film that would initially sounds like a paranormal type film, turns into something quite significantly sinister, a film that could actually happen to any couple.
The film has many red herrings from the upstart, shoes outside of the door could indicate that there could be some witchcraft/satanic rituals going on in the flat below, after all, the film has a very 'Rosemary's Baby' feel to it.
Everything appears to be fine, both couples are upper middle class and have their own opinions on subjects, but the titular couple are just a little too covert, her a secret drinker, and him not really conversing or making eye contact.
After the accident, things take a darker tone, the titular family leave, although their presence is still felt around the apartment, and once the baby is added to the family, things start going wrong for Kate.
The baby isn't sleeping, her relationship with Justin is breaking down, and then the couple return.
What makes the film work so well is that the writers keep their cards firmly covered right up until the final scene. Is Kate going bananas, or are the ones below purposely making their lives a living hell? When we see signs that foul play is afoot, Kate is on her own, and obviously when she confronts people, it's gone.
But if you've seen films like Pacific Heights, Unlawful Entry, Single White Female, or Consenting Adults, you know deep down that she isn't crazy.
The film isn't as extreme as the ones mentioned, in fact, it's not cinematic at all, it's the kind of thriller that would suit a two parter on the B.B.C. on a Sunday night, which isn't a criticism.
So all in all, it's a very interesting thriller, with some very tense, albeit rather familiar sequences, with a belter of a final act.