I do love Egyptian history, which explains my fondness with any and every "Mummy" movie that crosses my path. I went into "The Pyramid" with a hope that I would enjoy it even though it was my least favorite type of film - found footage. It was mildly entertaining, but still came up short in the end.
In "The Pyramid," father-daughter archaeologists Miles (Denis O'Hare) and Nora Holden (Ashley Hinshaw) discover a unique pyramid that has been buried beneath the Egyptian desert for 5,000 years. Accompanied by a newswoman (Christa-Marie Nicola) and her team, the archaeologists enter the tomb and promptly become trapped. Hopelessly lost within the pyramid's labyrinthine structure, the group faces deadly perils that threaten their escape, including collapsing floors and bloodthirsty predators.
First off, "The Pyramid" was not completely shot in a "found footage" style. There were sequences shown from viewpoints other than that of a personal, handheld, or computer camera. However, even those specific scenes were still shaky in presentation, but not as much.
"The Pyramid" plays out like a horror video game in which the characters travel through one booby-trapped room to another. That might leads viewers to compare it to a low-budget version of the "Indiana Jones" and newer "The Mummy" movies. There's also times where it's insinuated the structure the crew are trapped in was built by aliens, which will bring about memories of "Alien vs. Predator."
For the few who will take the time to watch "The Pyramid," I can promise you it's not the typical Mummy movies you've come to expect. The "monster" or "creature" in the film is something else that ties into Egyptian mythology. As an added bonus, it has ravenous minions who are always hungry for human flesh.
"The Pyramid" is rated R for some horror violence and bloody images. There's also a scene that doesn't reveal any actual body parts, but the girl is being spied on by her boyfriend using a robot camera. She is shown in her underwear and topless before he zooms in on her breasts under a shirt.
Special features for "The Pyramid" blu-ray include an extended ending and an image gallery. There are also four extremely short featurettes which act as commercials with brief interviews and behind-the-scenes footage spliced in.
It's unfortunate "The Pyramid" isn't as thrilling or scary as its filmmakers were aiming for. From watching the extras, you can tell Producer Alexandre Aja and Director Grégory Levasseur were excited about the film and had a passion for its creation. It relies a bit too much on the typical jump scares most audiences are tired of. That's not to say there aren't some great gory moments to revel in.
"The Pyramid" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.