Devil (2010)

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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.

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Five strangers trapped in an elevator realize that one of them is the Devil in this thriller from director John E. Dowdle (Quarantine) and screenwriter Brian Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night). The first installment of "The Night Chronicles," a film series in which up-and-coming filmmakers bring to life stories conceived by M. Night Shyamalan, Devil opens to find five Philadelphia office workers filing into the elevator of an inner-city office building. But a typical day at the office takes a sudden detour into terror when the elevator becomes stuck between floors, and the passengers discover that the Devil does exist, and he's standing right before them. As emergency workers work frantically to free them, secrets are revealed and the passengers realize their only hope for survival is to confront their darkest sins in front of the others. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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PG-13 (for violence and disturbing images, thematic material and some language including sexual references)
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Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Chris Messina
as Detective Bowden
Geoffrey Arend
as Salesman/Vince
Bokeem Woodbine
as Guard/Ben
Caroline Dhavernas
as Elsa Nahai
Jenny O'Hara
as Old Woman
Logan Marshall-Green
as Mechanic/Tony
Bojana Novakovic
as Young Woman/Sarah
Matt Craven
as Lustig
Jacob Vargas
as Ramirez
Joshua Peace
as Detective Markowitz
Joe Cobden
as Dwight
Zoie Palmer
as Cheryl
Rudy Webb
as Old Janitor
Henry Webb
as Old Janitor
Craig Eldridge
as Donnelly
Robert Lee
as Chinese Man
Joe Pingue
as Business Bureau Clerk
Michael Rhoades
as Fire Captain
Kelly Jones
as Firefighter Kurtzy
Lee Oliveira
as Firefighter #2
Jonathan Potts
as Wayne Kazan
Alice Poon
as Officer Choi
Stacy Chbosky
as Car Crash Woman
Jay Hunter
as Firefighter
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Critic Reviews for Devil

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (13)

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Full Review… | November 23, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

April 3, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

There's an old belief in TV series production circles that if you're doing a stuck-in-an-elevator episode before Season 4, it's a telltale sign you've run fresh out of ideas.

September 23, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A Night Gallery reject worth experiencing only to gape at a "spirituality" that falls somewhere between Dostoyevsky and Jack Chick, and to laugh that such daring feats of narrative illogic were undertaken with a straight face.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

This is the sort of cut-rate cinematic Cheez Whiz that gives religious horror movies a bad name. Still, at least it's not The Last Airbender.

Full Review… | September 21, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The great cinematographer Tak Fujimoto has the time of his life on this low-budget horror feature, playing with dolly shots, abrupt zooms, and negative space inside the widescreen frame, and the fun is infectious.

Full Review… | September 21, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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