Newest Review: ... of having untoward intentions. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Devil is one of these films which I expected very little ... more
The Sixth Sense this aint !!
Member Name: martyfarty69
Advantages: Passes the time, engages you for a while
Disadvantages: Its an M.Night movie, so expect to be disappointed
"Devil" is a 2010 Supernatural Horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by Brian Nelson based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan, it stars Chris Messina, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O'Hara and Geoffrey Arend.
The movie opens with the voice-over of security guard Ramirez ( Jacob Vargas ) telling us about stories his mother used to tell him about the Devil actively seeking out individuals who have sinned and deserve to go to hell while they're still alive on earth, then we see a man falling to earth apparently by suicide and clearly from a great height holding a rosary bead.
Detective Bowden ( Chris Messina ) is called to the scene, and we very quickly learn he is a recovering alcoholic who turned to alcohol after the hit and run slaying of his wife and young son, meanwhile we see 5 individuals enter an elevator in the office building, each one with a different reason for being there, however when the Elevator stops working they find themselves trapped inside.
Slowly as the time passes detective Bowden notices strange events that have culminated in the 5 individuals being trapped in the elevator, then when one of them is injured mysteriously and soon after one is violently killed the situation takes a turn for the worse, with each person becoming increasingly suspicious of the other, and one by one they seem to be potential victims, and Detective Bowden must try and rescue them from their predicament while they're still alive.
I had no expectations from Devil at all, I was bored and figured I would throw it into the DVD player as I needed to kill an hour and a half or so, I remember after seeing the Sixth Sense and being genuinely impressed with it and seeing the hype that M. Night Shyamalan received I remember thinking that this guy will be the next big thing in Hollywood and will continue to churn out thoughtful, tense thrillers with incredibly complex and surprising plots, oh how wrong we were, ever since then it seems as though each movie he has written / directed ( he didn't direct this but did write it ) has gotten steadily worse.
Its not a terrible movie and if it was from just your average hollywood screenwriter then you'd think nothing of it and would watch it expecting nothing, however because it comes from M.Night and he still has this hype around him, you expect something special, but unfortunately Devil falls within the predictable / doesn't make much sense category.
Each actor does their job well enough, however there are some serious plot holes that aren't addressed ( for instance we never find out the reason why the person committed suicide at the start of the movie, even though we learn it may be connected to the events of the day ) and the whole thing culminates to a final scene where we pretty much know the plot twist and who is the actual "Devil" and it ends with a "feel-good" ending that you end up simply not caring about.
If you're looking for something you can switch your brain off then Devil is perfect for you, but don't expect anything creative or stimulating
Summary: Eh !