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Devil
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12.17.2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
John Erick Dowdle

Actors:
Chris Messina
Logan Marshall-Green
Bojana Novakovic

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of strangers are trapped in a stalled elevator, and one of them might be the Devil.

Itís better than it sounds.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Wow, consider this one a giant surprise. When I first heard M. Night Shyamalan was producing a film about people trapped in an elevator with the Devil, I naturally assumed it would be a giant turd, just like everything else Shyamalanís done in the last few years. The fact that it didnít screen for critics didnít help matters, but I remember Johnny Moreno, and Jim Law telling me that it was a pretty slick little flick on the JoBlo Podcast when I was at Tiff. The Arrow also seemed to dig it, and he knows horror better than maybe any other critic on the web.

So, when the DVD of DEVIL showed up at my doorstep a few weeks ago, I thought ďwhat the heck?Ē and popped it in, expected a fun, silly horror ride. Alas, funny and silly is one thing DEVIL is not, and over the next eighty minutes, I was actually kind of riveted. DEVIL is one heck of a good little thriller, and a promising entry for the proposed NIGHT CHRONICLES, which is apparently going to be a series of low-budget horror flicks, steered by the much-maligned Shyamalan himself.

I gotta hand it to the guy; DEVIL is one hell of a way to kick the series off. Itís a lot like an old Val Lewton, RKO B-horror flick, which scared the pants of audiences in the 1940ís. Rather than impress with eye-candy, DEVIL is a psychological game, where a cop has to figure out a way to save an elevator full of people, all of whom are despicable in one form or another. Turns out, all of our victims are totally deserving of their predicament, with one being the architect of a ponzi scheme, the other being a gold-digger, and so on. They all deserve whatís coming to them, but damn if you donít sympathize with them a bit by the end.

As the recovering alcoholic cop trying to save them, Chris Messina does pretty damn stellar work. We get that saving these people is something he has to do, as itís his job, and whether or not they deserve to die isnít up to him. It all ends in a chilling elevator showdown, and a surprisingly bittersweet ending thatís far removed from the twist endings we usually get from Shyamalan.

THE EXTRAS
Extras are somewhat limited, although we get a handful of deleted scenes that were wisely cut to give the film a lean, and mean eighty minute run time. Next up, three short featurettes: The Story , DEVILíS MEETING looking at the biblical roots of the story, and THE NIGHT CHRONICLES where the man himself outlines his vision of future films.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Suffice to say, I was very impressed by DEVIL. Itís a sharp little horror flick, and well worth checking out. I find it astonishing that the studio had so little faith in the film that they didnít screen it for critics. It deserved better.
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8:45PM on 12/17/2010
I was surprised by Devil. I thought the movie would turn out another way but Devil twisted that around and, like you said, gave us 80 minutes chilling time.
I was surprised by Devil. I thought the movie would turn out another way but Devil twisted that around and, like you said, gave us 80 minutes chilling time.
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12:33PM on 12/17/2010
I dug this movie too. It didn't really stand out in 2010 as a must see, but it was highly enjoyable. I think it's a winning formula for Shyalaman. The guy may have lost his touch as a filmmaker, but as a producer, he's still got plenty of chops. His ideas always seem to be great, even if the actual films are poor. I'll look forward to the next Shyalaman Chronicles film.
I dug this movie too. It didn't really stand out in 2010 as a must see, but it was highly enjoyable. I think it's a winning formula for Shyalaman. The guy may have lost his touch as a filmmaker, but as a producer, he's still got plenty of chops. His ideas always seem to be great, even if the actual films are poor. I'll look forward to the next Shyalaman Chronicles film.
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9:49AM on 12/17/2010
Maybe you saw something I didn't, but I think you're giving this thing waaaaay too much credit. "Devil" belongs with the kind of films you'd find late at night on the Syfy channel.
Maybe you saw something I didn't, but I think you're giving this thing waaaaay too much credit. "Devil" belongs with the kind of films you'd find late at night on the Syfy channel.
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9:08AM on 12/17/2010
Ok...since you as well liked it...I'll give it a try. Going to my Netflix que.....in 1, 2 ,3.....
Ok...since you as well liked it...I'll give it a try. Going to my Netflix que.....in 1, 2 ,3.....
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