How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?
The Ones Below is a 2015 British thriller, originally shown at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and released in the UK on March 11, 2016. Directed by David Farr, this film features the lovely Clémence Poésy, who played Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter films, and David Morrissey, who played the Governor on “The Walking Dead”.
The film is set in the UK and follows Kate (Poésy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) through the late stages of pregnancy. They appear excited and are even more thrilled when the apartment below theirs is rented after the death of the former tenant. Kate is surprised to discover her new neighbors, Jon (Morrissey) and Theresa (Laura Birn) are expecting as well, and they invite them over for dinner. After a freak accident, Theresa loses the baby, and Kate begins to think they are a little too interested in hers.
This film had a great premise, but lacked explanation and character development. I felt all the characters acted very strangely, and I wasn’t sure about their backstories. Kate seemingly had a problem with her mother, and her brother had died at some point before the film, but they didn’t talk about it very thoroughly. Her Mother is distant, and Kate asks why she didn’t come to the hospital. But we are never told why she is like that. It leaves me confused as to why that was even in the movie. I can speculate everything, but feel that more confirmation was needed to help me enjoy the characters better because they just seemed very weird to me.
The movie did a great job of keeping me interested throughout, but it didn’t give me a satisfied feel after it was over. While it did wrap most everything up, I still feel that there were better things they could have done to explain things. The plot itself is fine, but the characters are what made me not enjoy the movie fully. The actors are not blamed for this as I feel it was more of the script’s fault. Random angry outbursts are not fun when they are never explained. I think this movie could have been great, but it wasn’t executed properly. The visuals of the movie are outstanding, however. Yellow is featured prominently throughout the movie especially centered around Theresa.
Overall, not a bad film. But not great either.