The Ones Below Review
Synopsis:A couple expecting their first child discover an unnerving difference between themselves and the couple living in the flat below them who are also having a baby.
The Ones Below (2015) is a 1h 27-min British thriller slow creeper film that had a good plot with a few twists to keep your mind going. Director and screenplay writer David Farr (Hanna (2011), The Night Manager (2016), Paani (2020)) executed the movie to an average level where I could not get over how incredibly slow pace it was. The script appeared as if David Farr got bored or ran out of time and quickly put something together without much thought to meet a deadline. The tension, suspense, eeriness and feeling that something major is about to happen with the newborn kept my mind from straying.
The Ones Below revolves around workaholics Kate (Clemence Poesy - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), 127 Hours (2010), In Bruges (2008), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)) and her husband Justin who are soon-to-be-parents. Kate and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore - The Bank Job (2008), Season of the Witch (2011), The History Boys (2006), The Children (2008)) lives in the upstairs of a London flat. They were beyond happy and safe until they met their new neighbors who are a couple that just moved into the apartment below them which has not been occupied for ages. Teresa (Laura Birn - A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014), Purge (2012), Heart of a Lion (2013)) and her husband Jon who is a is a wealthy banker are the new neighbors and are also soon-to-be-parents.
The couple stumbles on their initial encounter for words, but it did not take long for them to get together for dinner where alcohol was available. There was a little too much drinking which leads to a tragic event - Teresa lost her baby after falling down a dark lit stairway. Jon (David Morrissey - The Reaping (2007), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Blitz (2011), Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009), AMC’s The Walking Dead) and Teresa blamed Kate and Justin leading to the tension in the film escalating. Kate began having a hard time falling/staying asleep resulting in induced paranoia along with her postpartum depression.
Teresa and Jon went away for a long period to avoid the arrival of Kate’s baby boy but later return and slowly regain the trust of Kate. Teresa began babysitting for Kate on a regular, and it did not take Kate long to feel that Teresa has a motive for babysitting her child. There were several accidents that follow along with several sinister clues which made Kate investigate Teresa and Jon.
Clemence Poesy did a phenomenal job with her roles as she played each of her character’s psychosis really well. The entire cast was great, and all of the other actors did a good job as well with their respective roles, but Clemence’s performance triumphs theirs. David did an excellent job building up the tension while hinting to us that maybe there is a cult involved, but it did not go very far from that which is due mainly to the rush ending. I would recommend this movie to everyone who would like a slow pace creepy movie with great tension buildup that will keep you guessing.
About The Ones Below (2015)
Total Avg. Votes: 10
Writers: David Farr
Director: David Farr