Critic Consensus: It's better than many of the other films M. Night Shyamalan has been associated with, but Devil never gets more than a few low-budget thrills out of its fiendishly promising premise.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for violence and disturbing images, thematic material and some language including sexual references)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Horror|
|Directed By:||Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle|
|Written By:||M. Night Shyamalan, Brian Nelson|
|In Theaters:||Sep 17, 2010 Wide|
|On DVD:||Dec 21, 2010|
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Critic Reviews for Devil
Circling wildly within the film's main set -- a stalled elevator car -- or hurtling up and down an empty shaft, Mr. Fujimoto's camera is as giddy as a tween at a Justin Bieber concert.
A taut, expert and engrossing thriller with sense of visual restraint that is refreshing in this age of abhorrent overexposure.
Devil features nothing new, exciting or suspenseful. Instead, it gives us shallowly developed characters and an ultimately forgettable story.
M. Night Shyamalan at his most messianic -- he just takes too long to get to the frights.
The characters are unlikable and annoying but the suspense built up is very real, making "Devil" a thriller worth checking out.
Audience Reviews for Devil
With such an intriguing premise, this Twilight Zone-esque horror film could have been scarier and much more claustrophobic, but it manages only to be a satisfying supernatural Agatha Christie-like story whose merits are due more to its solid direction than to its weak script.
Ramirez: You must consider that one of these people might be the Devil.
"The Night Chronicles Begin."
When Devil was first released, I remember not wanting to see it just because of M. Night's presence. However, if this is the best thing he's had attached to his name since Unbreakable. It's really not a bad movie at all and I, to my surprise, really enjoyed it. I liked the idea and it was just a lot of fun. It's not a movie that you'd call great, but as a nice little horror/suspense thriller, it works very well.
Five people board an elevator, which gets stuck. A security guard believes, after some of the people in the elevator are attacked, that one of them is the devil. Soon a cop comes onto the scene and tries to figure out what is going on, but slowly the people on the elevator are killed one by one. Are these murders the work of someone with a motive, or is the devil really on board?
There's the normal stupidity that goes with a movie like this, but overall it's all presented in a reasonable and competent way. It's probably one of the better "devil" related movies in recent memory, although that's really not saying a whole lot. So in the end, this is a film that is worth checking out even if you hate the post Sixth Sense, Signs, and Unbreakable work of M. Night. It isn't as good as any of those, but it's pretty good.
The premise is fun: five strangers stuck in an elevator, one of them must be the devil, as one after another gets mysteriously killed off. That works really well in some scenes and feels a tad silly and self-important in others. Overall entertaining and with a somewhat satisfying solution but had potential for much more.
|Lustig:||What are you doing?|
|Ramirez:||Oh...when he's near...the toast falls jelly-side-down.|
|Mechanic/Tony:||Who are you?|
|Old Woman:||Today, I'm an old woman.|
|Old Woman:||Damn, I really wanted you.|
|Detective Bowden:||So no, I don't believe in the Devil. You don't need him, people are bad enough by themselves.|
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