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The 'Devil' ... well, isn't that special

by jmaloni
Thu, Sep 30th 2010 03:00 pm
Review by Matt Crouch

*What you are about to read is a cinematic review. Each movie is critiqued based on its rating-pending (PG or R), Genre (Comedy or Thriller), the acting, the score, the plot, and the overall quality of the movie. Hence, just because there are explosions, blood, or you think George Clooney/Megan Fox is "hot" does not mean it's a good film. Or does it. ... You be the judge.*

‘Devil' (2010)


Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, Geoffrey Arend, Jenny O'Hara, Jacob Vargas, Matt Craven

Director:  John Erick Dowdle -- "Quarantine," "The Poughkeepsie Tapes"

Written by: M. Night Shyamalan -- "The Sixth Sense," "Signs," "The Happening"


Five strangers find themselves stuck and trapped in an elevator on a normal busy weekday morning. When detective Bowden (Messina) finds a dead body, somehow linked to the same building, he doesn't understand how all these bad "happenings" occur. ... Until they all realize this must be the work of Satan himself.


M. Night is hiring different directors to create stories that he wrote previously, and is calling them "The Night Chronicles." "Devil" is the first film. ... And hopefully it's the last. But, realistically it won't be.

I don't know what it is, but M. Night can't get his groove back. He's directing or producing bad film after bad film after bad film. You can tell he's still as creative as he used to be ... but just in a "Middle School" creative kind-of-way.

Most of this movie does take place in an elevator, and yes, one of the people inside is Lucifer, himself. But he's cheesy. He kills people and "taunts" them, if you can call it that; but this Beelzebub isn't frightening.

It's like the production crew wanted to make "Final Destination" meets "7th Heaven" (you'll understand if you ignore my review and watch this terrible film), and then made it worse than I just described.

There is nothing about this film that makes it worth seeing. Not the acting, nor the plot and definitely not the ending. This is the perfect DVD to redbox and then ask for a return on that hard-earned buck.

Take my advice, and don't let these cinematic "hell holes" make millions.


If you wish the Rev. Camden had a "dark side."

1.5 out of 5 stars

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