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"When the express elevators in the Millennium Building, one of New York's most famous landmarks, start to malfunction and behave in erratic ways, elevator mechanic Mark Newman is sent out to find the cause of the problems. His investigation meets unexpected resistance and not everybody seems to be happy with his involvement. After a gruesome and deadly incident, in which a blind man falls into the shaft and a security guard is decapitated, the police start an investigation. They are however not very successful. Mark is determined to find the cause. He is joined by a female reporter, Jennifer, who is looking for a juicy story. Together they try to unravel the secrets behind the mysterious behaviour of the elevator that seems to have a life of it's own. When things get worse and death toll rises, The Government, fearing terrorists are involved, seal off the building. What at first looked like a routine job turns into a horrifying nightmare in which Mark has to face an enemy whose blood thirst is only met by it's unpredictability. An enemy that is determined to fight off any intruder looking for the dark secret that lurks inside the belly of the building. An enemy that has to be feared. An enemy that has to be taken .......DOWN."

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Phil Davies Brown
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Review Date: 11 January 2004 My Rating: out of 5


Echoing 'The Ring', this tale of a seemingly possessed elevator is a remake of a foreign movie which stars Naomi Watts as an investigative journalist.

Unfortunately, Down is nowhere near as good as 'The Ring' but it is an entertaining watch nonetheless, with a very impressive cast of character actors including Dan Hedaya and Michael Ironside.

When the employees of the 102 storey Millennium Building in New York begin to die in a spate of mysterious elevator related deaths, an investigative journalist and an elevator technician start to get suspicious.

When the technician's partner and life long friend is killed, they decide to team up in a bid to uncover the truth.

The film is highly aesthetically pleasing and the cast really help to elevate the material above the norm, but as the film progresses it becomes a little too far fetched and a little action heavy.

On the plus side there are countless eerie moments, the best involving a blind man and his guide dog, and a little girl who plays peek-a-boo with the elevator.

A little action heavy and a bit too silly to be taken seriously, but it is an enjoyable romp nonetheless.

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