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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Devil
I very much enjoyed this movie. It's tense and exciting. Worth the watch.
With such an intriguing premise, this Twilight Zone-esque movie could have been scarier and much more claustrophobic, but it only manages 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.
|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.|