Case Number 27175: Small Claims Court


Vertical Entertainment // 2014 // 96 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // April 3rd, 2014

The Charge

The darkness descending.

The Case

Hey, there's Danny Trejo from Machete Kills. He's on the cover of some movie called 20 Ft Below. I wonder it's about. Well, Trejo is standing there looking ill-tempered and holding a bloody axe. His torso is surrounded by fire -- potentially hellfire -- and behind him are angel wings or something. I'm going to guess maybe a supernatural thriller or gothic horror? The synopsis on the back is completely devoted to describing his character: he's got red eyes, he's a myth, a legend, eats rats, leads a cult, has supernatural powers and so on and so forth. Plus the screen shots on the back feature people screaming and some more fire. I'm in the mood for a supernatural horror adventure -- I shall purchase it!

So goes the internal monologue that's I'm guessing the 20 Ft Below marketers are banking on because, fella, let me tell you: this movie is not what you're expecting. I'm assuming you're expecting a some sort of crazy demon movie with Danny Trejo acting crazy and demonic, but what 20 Ft Below ends up is something completely different: a drama on homelessness.

Seriously. The plot revolves around a woman filming a documentary on the homeless population living underground. She pokes around a bit, finds out that some a-hole (Trejo) has been causing trouble, teams up with a homeless man to unravel the mystery. Meanwhile, a psychotic cop exercises his own brand of perverse justice, despite the objections of his partner. It all culminates in a little bit of action, but don't be fooled: this more of a message movie than anything.

The DVD: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Surround audio, and no extras.

If you want to learn some facts about homelessness in the US and watch Danny Trejo show up in a film long enough to get his name in the top credits, then 20 Ft Below: The Darkness Descending is for you. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

The Verdict


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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 60

Perp Profile
Studio: Vertical Entertainment
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)

* English (SDH)

Running Time: 96 Minutes
Release Year: 2014
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* None

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