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Member Name: kirstymc
Advantages: Is quite short
Disadvantages: Loose plot lacking suspense.
Devil released 2010
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Writers: Brian Nelson (screenplay), M. Night Shyamalan(story)
Devil is the first in trilogy of of M. Night Shyamalans new project "The Night Chronicles" a series of films in which the supernatural is explored in an urban setting.
Devil begins with a un-named person committing suicide from a skyscraper in Philadelphia. Detective Bawden is brought to the scene to investigate. Meanwhile there are 5 complete strangers stuck in a lift in the same sky scraper. The occupants of the lift are being monitored on the CCTV in the lift by security guards. Each of the occupants has a secret that will lead to the events that occur in the lift. As events unfold Bawden is brought in to assume the elevator case as it becomes obvious that the occupants are in danger from more than the precarious position of the lift.
M. Night Shyamalan is famed for creating movies that are full of suspense with a series of twists. He is also famous for making either really good films or really bad films - unfortunately for me this is one of the latter.
The premise of the film was really intriguing and I expected a couple of gripping edge of the seat hours in the ilk of films such as Phone Booth. However I did not feel that the concept was fully explored or exploited.
The title of the film gives away the idea that there is a malevolent force in the lift, you know immediately what is going on and it basically turns into a guessing game of who's who and who will be next. I felt that the plot was quite loose with the conclusion of what was happening jumped to too quickly by the officials with no other possible explanations being explored.
The actors were ok but suffered from the poor dialogue they were given and I felt no empathy for what I felt were pretty bland characters. Bearing in mind there were really only 5 characters confined in one place I would have expected to find out a lot about each character but this was not the case. As such I did not really care what happened to who. To be honest I only really watched the whole film to see if I had guessed right - which I had.
For a film that was set up in such a way that it should have been full of suspense I did not have any edge of the seat moments. Much of the action happens in the dark so when the lights flicker there should have been a sense of forboding doom but for me it was just a case of get on with it and let us see what has happened.
Being mostly set in the confined space of the elevator I was expecting a deep sense of tension and chlaustraphobia. However I did not get any of this.
What was a pretty predictable film cumulated in what I felt was a corny ending leading to an over all sense of disappointment.
Summary: First in the trilogy of M. Night Shyamalans new project "The Night Chronicles"