Brent Vickers
12 min readMay 14, 2021

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Alchemy and Hermeticism in As Above/So Below

Despite receiving an unfair amount of flack and hatred from mainstream critics, As Above/So Below managed to finish in the top 5 box office earners worldwide over its first two weeks, and earned nearly $42m against a $5m budget during its theatrical run. There's a simple reason for this: the movie is extremely entertaining, and wildly intelligent. Unfortunately for the film, no matter how well the intelligence is permeated throughout, there are many aspects that need to be more fully understood and researched to be appreciated in the format the film presents them, namely: Hermeticism and Dante's Inferno.

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