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If There's a Hell Below (2016)

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Abe is an ambitious young journalist at an independent Chicago weekly. He has a lead on a story that could make his career. Debra, a woman claiming to work in national security, has a ... See full summary »

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Carol Roscoe ... Debra
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Mark Carr ... Mooney
Paul Budraitis ... Schafer
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Abe is an ambitious young journalist at an independent Chicago weekly. He has a lead on a story that could make his career. Debra, a woman claiming to work in national security, has a serious revelation to leak. She insists on meeting Abe in a desolate place in the American West - perhaps because it is near her undisclosed work site, or perhaps because she will only reveal her information in absolute isolation. In minutes they will meet. An hour later, one of them will be dead. This simple premise unfolds multiple layers of depth as the tension is raised to almost unbearable levels.

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At around 21:00 after leaving the two silos, Debra (Ms. Pac-Man) tells the journalist (Abe) to turn left on Belford Road and head west towards Pasko. Abe wants to keep straight to investigate a "mystery car" so he passes Belford Rd to do so. After searching the car, Ms. Pac-Man tells him to go back and turn left on Belford Rd again, but they should have turned right. Yet when they get to the intersection Abe does turn left. See more »

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A anything BUT a simple spy film
17 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is not a film for everyone. For those who like spy movies where you need to think then this is a film for you.

You are confronted observing a meeting of a whistle-blower and minor league journalist. As I was watching the movie I was actually angry watching the things that Abe (the journalist) would be doing being in such a dangerous situation. Gosh, he gives the impression of just being on a country ride with a stranger and needs to hurry for the evening night out on the town. Elementary understanding of the world of spies would have any intelligent journalist taking Valium just to get through the whole thing. Nehh, not Abe, he knows no fear.

The elementary spy craft that is needed in such a situation is suggested in the movie but is never fulling displayed to the viewer resulting in opinions of incredulity, "Now how could that happen ?". Pickup some Ludlum books or watch some good spy movies with Matt Damon and you will understand. Gene Hackman was in a good one. This stuff is in this movie but you just don't see it. Hence you have to think to understand how it was done.

Someone complained about the ending having no sense, film not being resolved for the viewer. Well I think that that is the strength of the movie and its specific ending. You are confronted with the unexpected. This should lead one to analyze THE WHOLE movie and scrutinize all the players and what they said, what they did etc. OK, this would be a process best done with others, similar to what we so often saw in Sherlock Holmes movies.

The players give us clues who they are but we need to do the work to try and fit this information into a coherent picture. This will lead to different interpretations as not everyone will see the same details and interpret them in the same way. And there are hidden details in this movie which in my mind could easily carry over to another movie being produced.

Someone complains about the gravely road making a lot of noise and finding it hard to believe that the Watcher's vehicle would not be heard as it "suddenly" parked itself not far away from the silos. Well the noise grave road is the short segment near the silos. The main road is not asphalt quiet, but it is significantly quieter. Add to this the fact that HER back is mostly always facing where the Watcher's vehicle will be parked and it is not surprising she did not notice it. Additionally, when you are occupied talking your conscious mind is not in two places at the same time. Hence slowly moving vehicle could potentially sneak-up on them.

OK, I am not going to spoil the fun but will advise that this movie requires that you watch it twice. If one does not have an eye for details and remembers then a second viewing is required. Without the details the movie seems meaningless and that is just fine for people in the World of Spies and Guns.


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