Most critics hated it, we didn't think it was all that bad.
Like As Above, The Pyramid features a bunch of archaeologists delving into the dark catacombs of a long lost world, essentially courting death while trying to discover some long lost part of history.
Of the two, The Pyramid is the lesser film.
I guess the best way to put it is that if you think this movie looks stupid, then skip it. If you think "Hey, that looks alright" then go for it.
Either way, you'd be right.
The Pyramid is about a bunch of archaeologists who find an entrance to an ancient pyramid, which they instantly decree as being "the find of the century," because when you're into old bones and ancient clay pots, just about anything will get you excited beyond belief.
When ordered to leave the site, they throw a hissy fit because "they are so close!" To what? Who the hell knows. Forget the fact that they're in a foreign land which is experiencing a massive social uprising, because as Americans, whatever they're doing is far more important than some civil unrest that is threatening to tear the country around them apart.
Spoiler Alert: Anubis and a bunch of frisky CGI cats are inside of the pyramid, and they really hate Americans, so you can pretty much guess how it's going to end for most of them.
|THIS IS WHY I DON'T EXPLORE PYRAMIDS.|
|NOT REALLY BUYING HER AS AN ARCHAEOLOGIST THOUGH.|
I really hate saying "It's alright, if you just turn your brain off..." about any movie, because you should really never have to think less to be able to enjoy something.
As an example of what makes this movie so frustrating: Once they're good and lost inside the pyramid, a soldier shows up out of nowhere to rescue them. When they become separated from him, they still wander around aimlessly trying to figure a way out, somehow forgetting that a random dude managed to get in and find them in pretty short order. How about you go back the way that the solider came? Unless I missed something, none of them said anything like "How did he get in here? Let's backtrack his trail and get out of here!" I mean, wouldn't there be at least some sort of trail with all of the dust and sand on the pyramid floor?
|SHE MOVES HER MOUTH WHEN SHE READS.|
I mean, I know they only sent a robot in there to begin with, but even that, under the duress of having to leave in such a hurry, is a stupid idea. It's like everything is a big adventure with no real consequences... I guess that's how they have to get them inside of the pyramid so that there can be a movie to begin with, but it's so frustrating to watch.
Just once I'd like to see "that" female character be the voice of reason and common sense in one of these movies, instead of being the voice of blind optimism and careless ambition that gets everyone killed.
|THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH OUR REACTION.|
What wonders another treatment or two of the script would have done for this movie.
|THAT'S A LANKY ASS CAT RIGHT THERE.|
Despite our issues with the movie, it's probably worthy of a rental for most Horror fans... but only if you've already seen As Above, So Below. That one is much better.
The Pyramid will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on May 5th, and it's on VOD now.
Ashley Hinshaw, you sassy, sassy little thing. Also, Christa Nicola.