Hypothetical Netflix Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
2015’s The Ones Below is an enjoyable yet predictable thriller about a couple (Clemence Poesy and Stephen Campbell Moore) who are great with child and their new downstairs neighbors (David Morrissey and Laura Birn) who are also great with child. The couples also vaguely look alike.
This is writer/director David Farr first feature length with the coupled credit (he wrote the also enjoyable Hanna (2011)). By the end of the first act, the story pretty much writes itself, though the ending of act one I did not see coming, which got me hooked enough to finish out the obvious plot.
Really what hooked me were the performances from Clemence Poesy and Laura Birn. Poesy manages to keep the movie alive with her portrayal of a distrusting mother who can’t be sure of the intentions of her downstairs neighbors. Birn, well, she plays crazy and she plays it well. There is rational to everything she does, but she’s still fucking crazy.
Ultimately, The Ones Below is entertaining but pretty transparent. It’s worth the watch if you like thrillers, but be warned: you’ll probably be able to figure out where it’s going before the halfway point.