May 14, 2019 All Creatures Here Below (Movie Review)
The ability to survive in today’s world is a struggle that discriminates against no one, dropping off dissimilar trials and tribulations at the doorstep of each and every individual. The skills necessary to overcome such vicissitudes of life are typically learned throughout the course of one’s own life; albeit the manner in which they are acquired varies greatly from person to person.
These thoughts in mind comes the intensely affecting American Drama All Creatures Here Below set for theatrical and VOD release on Friday, May 17th via Samuel Goldwyn Films. Written by David Dastmalchian, who is noted for his role as Kurt in the Ant-Man films, and directed by Collin Schiffli (Animals 2014), the movie also featured an incredibly talented cast of familiar faces, whose collective performances were so deeply impactful despite the seemingly insignificance of some of their individual roles.
At its center is Karen Gillan (Selfie 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy 2014) as the regressed and disproportionately developed young woman named Ruby, and Dastmalchian as her loving other half and steadily struggling provider, Gensan. There is also Jennifer Morrison (House series, Once Upon a Time series) as the kindhearted waitress, Penny; John Doe (Roadhouse 1989, The Bodyguard 1992) as loyal and concerned, Uncle Doug; Richard Cabral (End of Watch 2012, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 2014) as cockfight coordinator, Hugo; and David Koechner (Get Smart 2008), also known for his role as Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies, as Gensan’s boss.
In addition to its brilliant cast, All Creatures Here Below explored characters, and better yet a storyline, that surfaced as overtly simple [to the point of certain dullness], meanwhile, subtle intricacies were being covertly interwoven into each. This is until the build-up of both blatant and out of the blue collided and blindsided viewers with complexities that caught them completely off-guard and recharged their interests and investment into the lives of young lovers Ruby and Gensan.
The couple find themselves on the run after one night and a series of unfortunate mistakes that set off the first domino in a series to fall. In fact it chases them all the way back to the very place where they never thought they would be, knocking on the only door left between them and their demons that they ran to avoid years ago. With the help and hinderance of characters along the way, the naïve young lovers are forced to ends that justify their means of wanting nothing more than to get away from their pasts and get on with their future. Although, running away is seldom the solution to a problem, so it is advised that you bare that in mind going into this movie. Any expectations must be left out the door so that it can be appreciated as the poignantly shot, stealthily invasive, pleasantly surprising Drama gem that it is.
In enough words, All Creatures Here Below really reaches deep down your throats, tears through your already crushed chests, and proceeds to slowly rips out your still-beating heart only to suddenly drop it into your stomach where you are left to rot until the credits role. With that being said, it is done in such a way that you can almost see yourself masochistically re-endure the endless waves of feelings that are in this movie experience. Which is why Cryptic Rock gives All Creatures Here Below 4 out of 5 stars.