Love them or hate them, found footage movies are here to stay. There seems to be a new one every week and while there have been some stinkers, for the most part I have been pleasantly surprised by them. I like the gimmick of found footage and find it adds a sense of ‘you are there’ that is intriguing and works for my taste in particular. The best the genre represents would include Chronicle, Cloverfield, Affliction and of course The Blair Witch Project. This week finds our footage being found in Egypt of all places in The Pyramid.
A team of U.S. archaeologists led by Holden (Denis O’Hare) and his daughter Nora (Ashley Hinshaw) have uncovered a pyramid that may date back much further than the famous pyramids of Giza. But when their dig is called off due to conflicts in Cairo, they only have a few hours to get in and take one last chance to see what they can discover. But once inside they find the labyrinthine corridors disorienting and they find they may not be alone as something stalks them. What started out as a search for historical artifacts turns into a fight for their very survival.
The first thing The Pyramid has going for it is the acting. Denis O’Hare, most recently known for his work on American Horror Story, is very good as the veteran archaeologist and Hinshaw is also very good and has great screen presence as his determined daughter. Their team also includes a tech guy, a documentarian and her camera man as well as Nora’s boyfriend. The set pieces are really nicely done, I am not sure if they filmed in some sort of actual ruins or if it was all sets but it looks fantastic on film. The pacing is brisk and the tension palpable not to mention the fresh setting of the inside of an Egyptian pyramid are a nice change from the usual house or woods. And when CG comes into play it is surprisingly well done for the budget of the film as well. For something a little different in the found footage genre The Pyramid is highly recommended.