Posted on 12/26/10 12:09 PM
M. Night Shyamalan presents a supernatural horror film entitled DEVIL, in which the plot is simple yet chilling: five people are trapped in an elevator and one of them is the Devil. I"m not sure what the critics and others were looking for in this movie, but I enjoyed it. It is my understanding that this is the first of a trilogy of films produced by Shyamalan and Media Rights Capital, and I'm looking forward to the next film in the series.
I thought the movie was well paced and the wife and I had lots of fun trying to figure out who was The Evil One throughout the entire movie. The acting did seem a bit over the top by those trapped in the elevator, but I figure it was to add to the confusion as to what was going on. Also I wonder if anyone noticed that near the beginning of the film, when our victims were in the elevator and were making their way to the upper floors, that the floor numbers wasn't showing on the display. It was as if the elevator never moved. Was this on purpose from the filmmakers' perspective to alert the viewer of upcoming danger or was if a flub? That did have me wondering because not one character acknowledged that the elevator wasn't showing the floor numbers. Also when the security guard press the emergency button, all of the floor buttons were lit, yet he, or anyone else, said anything.
Well, despite the small technicalities I still enjoyed the movie. it wasn't as campy as the Naomi Watts movie, THE SHAFT (which was also about a possessed elevator in New York), and i feel it was a better film coming from the M. Night Shyamalan camp.