"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.
First of all, it's not a horror movie. If anything, it's an above average psychological thriller. There were a few things that were pretty scary and disturbing, but nothing too incredibly scary.
Also, I wish this movie had a better plot twist. I mean, if you come into a Shyamalan film, particularly a psychological thriller like this, you expect a twist better than this.
The acting was really good. Logan Green was especially good. He hasn't been in anything yet, but his performance was great in Devil. Though Bokeem Woodbine isn't one of the main characters, he did a good job to. That said, he still looks like a Lawrence Fishburne wannabe.
The obvious strength of the movie is the sense of tension. That feeling that any character could be killed at any moment. Devil would be nothing without that tension.
The ending is one of my favorites all time. It was really emotional with a mix of terror and heart. I won't give it away, but it was pretty nice.
Over all, Devil isn't amazing. But it's entertaining enough to prove that Shyamalan has enough in the bag.
What can you expect from the minds of John Erick Dowdle and M. Night Shyamalan? The first one has directed a remake of a brilliant spanish horror film called 'REC' and the more famous one has directed such "classics" as 'Lady in the Water' and 'The Happening'. Well, something small and quite good. Just as my pen....cil.
Set in Philadelphia (duh, like Shyamalan would set his films anywhere else? Some exceptions may be), five people are trapped inside an elevator. The elevator suddenly goes all dark and tadaa... First kill made. People turn against each other. The elevator goes dark. Tadaa! Second kill. And so on. Detective Bowden (Chris Messina) is called to calm the shit down. Will he succeed before the elevator turns dark again. No. Tadadaa! Third person killed. Who's the killer? The Devil? Belsebub? Lucifer? Tracy Morgan?
As you may have already gotten a hint of, I'm not going to go deep in to details of the story. The poster already says that we are dealing with something evil. Something dark (Tracy Morgan?). Brian Nelson, the writer, has managed to create a story that is easy to watch. A bit too easy in fact. I've enjoyed his two last films, 'Hard Candy' and '30 Days of Night', so 'Devil' was a minor letdown. The important tone/mood is nearly nonexistent. The writer and the director have gotten surprisingly little conflicts and interaction between the characters. But then again, elevators tend to be the most silent places in the world, except the annoying music of course. After the first kill, I would've gone berserk and suspected everyone, with closed fists...
'Buried' was another small film that used closed spaces (a coffin) and managed to deliver a claustrophobic storytelling on the screen. Dowdle seems to forget that the elevator could've been the real stealer in the movie, an important supporting element. But instead the movie is set more in the surveillance room. Not like this. Come on! If you have a tiny chance to make something different, make most of it!
'Devil' has its moments but the interpretion of the Bible and folktales tend to take too much importance to the storytelling. The end twists are clichéd and a bit humorous. The ending should've needed a real kick in the nuts. Redemption and morality. That's what 'Devil' is all about.
Five complete strangers find themselves trapped in a lift and what seems to be an everyday event, soon turns out to be a lot more. They have been brought together for reasons unbeknownst to them and one of the five is in fact, the Devil, who has come to collect on a debt.
This film recieved a fairly decent release at the cinema and made a fairly decent name for itself in the process, but I struggle to see why. It's amature filmmaking at best and is no better that cheap, late-night television fodder. The concept is a reasonably good one and you'd think it could maybe be pulled off. To do that though, you'd need someone with some experience in charge, not shock-jock horror director John Erick Dowdle. The acting is also woeful and unconvincing. The only one who commands any interest is the annoying salesman (Geoffrey Arend), he's a good (and the only one with) character but also the first to be despatched of by old Nick. The rest are all just there for further bloodshed and red herrings. M. Night Shyamalan couldn't buy a decent film these days. He's become King Midas in reverse at the moment, everything he touches turns to shit and he's in serious need of a hit film before being banished to straight to DVD obscurity.
Absolute cheaper than cheap dross. I can only assume that Shyamalan sold his soul to the Devil for his earlier success and is now paying the price.