I heard some good things about this film before viewing it, and now that I watched, I loved it! It's all about opinion and experience, and in my opinion, this experience was more than worth it.As you might have guessed the movie is called "Devil" because it is about guessing who could be the Devil. Five strangers get trapped in an elevator and you may think that it is all about them but the truth is that you do not know who of the other characters outside the elevator could be the Devil. That's how good M. Night Shyamalan is. You never know what going to happen and it is <more>
reveal to you just until the very end.Having said that, I do recommend "Devil" - especially if you're a genuine suspense film fan like me . This movie has well-drawn characters, a proper sense of time & place, attention to detail and well-timed shocking surprises!
There's an old saying in show business: Bad press is as good as good press. Seems to me many people went to see this film to find out if it was as "bad" as this M. Night Schmegegy or whatever guy's other films. I knew not of this individual until I saw this film, so I came in dead cold. No pun intended : Nice work indeed. Tense and action-packed, it delivers on a lot of levels. Much light has been made of the security guard's ramblings but its part of the suspension of disbelief and provides a loose narration. Well put together and cohesive, and an 80 minute film to <more>
boot. This forces the story along no matter what, and that's what you want in a film, to keep the viewer engaged at all times. Tough to achieve but done wonderfully. Camera work is subtle, yet more aggressive where its needed, no shaky-cams or dizzying hallways, but nice perspectives of the elevator, needed to divert the mind from the cubical enclosure for 15 seconds. Nice chills when the elevator lights go out, NOT overdone at all.An underrated film, with underrated performances by all. Carefully constructed and a welcome addition to the genre. Highly recommended.
There's a little bit of the devil in all of us. If you believe this statement, then this movie is for you because it's all about the devil. Yes, the devil can visit at anytime and for any reason to sow confusion and fear and to wreak retribution for terrible acts we humans are too cowardly to admit. Some may think of the devil as a malevolent spirit that operates to tempt and torment us; but perhaps the devil is a projection of our own fears. Who knows? This movie inspires the audience to ponder these questions. This is a great movie for its genre. It grabs and keeps the <more>
audience's interest. There is solid acting, lots of tension and a climactic ending. Jenny O'Hara is great as the old woman. She is the same actress who played Doug's mother in the sitcom King of Queens. In this movie she is anything but benign. The special effects added to the tension, especially the use of sound effects which greatly enhanced the sense of something terrible happening. Beside being a "scare" movie, it's also a morality tale. There are those who may dismiss this movie as a minor cinematic work but this movie tells a powerful, compelling and evocative story of retribution. The characters in this story become unwitting instruments for forces beyond control and understanding. Whether one believes in these things is not point. Rather, the movie gives one cause to at least consider the possibility.
With some help, Shamalyn drinks some mild recovery drink into his name. (by jjnoahjames)
I have to say. I wasn't blown away by this movie like I was the first time I watched 6th sense but I would watch this again. To me that's far more important. I think this is actually M Night's best writing to date. If it just wasn't for some obviously bad acting...by a certain female character this movie would be great, by the way she is a great actor she makes up for her bad performances later on in the movie.A movie that I could watch a couple more times is worth buying you see...this really is like an Alfred Hitchcock film, not like an old M. Night film.I think these two <more>
should work together more often! Keep it up! It will take time to regain the old title set by M.
This movie made a point of keeping the viewer guessing. It went from a mystery with good character development - the detective was definitely someone you would want investigating a murder case, and the five victims were all memorable in their own right - to a horror story with many suspense scenes added in to keep your attention. The movie ended satisfactorily with the signature twist. I didn't see it coming, and that is rare for this genre of movie. 9 out of 10 is usually reserved for those movies that carry with you for awhile. Devil may not fit that bill, however, I can't wait for <more>
the next movie to sneak up on me and knock me around for over an hour as this one did. It may be a long wait.
Christians and Deep Thinkers, Take Note! (by austenlennox)
M. Night Shyamalan who while not acting as director or screenwriter, was the mind behind the film has crafted a story that calls to mind the work of storytelling geniuses and greats such as Alfred Hitchcock and the Twilight Zone's Rod Serling. Like them, Shyamalan has a way of using "fantastical" elements to tell a story from "everyday reality" like something as commonplace as riding an elevator that convey the deep truths of life and the universe which all to many of us, particularly in this modern age, tend to overlook and never give thought to.At the end of the <more>
day as "fictitious" or off the wall as the story's premise might seem, the film manages to reflect what could very well be the truth of what reality REALLY is, of how things actually are! THAT's what makes the story so compelling. The "Devil" in the movie represents the very devil many of us might feel like we can recognize, whether it's the force behind the evil criminals we hear about on the evening news or even our own "personal demons" that we ourselves struggle to cope with.Christian audience members will appreciate the cleverly placed subtle allusions and overt references to some of the core elements our faith. Some mythological elements are incorporated without diminishing the overall Biblical perspective of what the Devil is.Thinkers from ALL sides of the spectrum should appreciate the interesting questions the film brings up about concepts such as "free will", "predestination," "nature versus nurture," etc... The movie's artistic and production values are of high caliber. It has the right amount of horror and drama with a healthy dose of comic relief as well. No element seemed gratuitous. It is a suspenseful mystery that will keep you at the edge of your seat guessing what happens next. The main characters are engaging to explore. And while none of the acting is Oscar-caliber, it is well cast.It is so refreshing to finally enjoy an intelligent yet fun Hollywood film that is not replete with cheap sex, drunken jokes, and mindless effects or action. That being said, some of the horror elements should preclude parents from watching the film with young children.Without sacrificing the entertainment value of the movie, the filmmakers did a good job of communicating an important message that will hopefully leave viewers thinking long after they leave the theaters. I personally remain both touched and freaked out by the movie at the same time. This is what movie-making is about. Loved it.
This film had a lot of bad rep. Everyone kept saying it was going to be horrible. However, I still went to see it, as the story and the concept interested me.Now, in my opinion, the film is right up there with The Sixth Sense. It's engaging, keeps you guessing, and you leave feeling like you just saw a darn good movie. The film doesn't rely on gore heavily. Instead, the film wants you to guess just who is the devil in that elevator. The story is fresh and makes a clear connection between all characters.The bottom line is-- sure, it's not the best film ever, but it is a pretty darn <more>
I say Night Syamalan is back with a bang. After watching 'The last Airbender', I took a pledge that would be the last time I'm ever gonna pay to watch any movie, Night Syamalan is involved in. But today I broke my promise as I watched 'Devil'. And actually, I was not at all disappointed. In fact, I liked it. All right, I would say it...I loved this movie.Night Syamalan has come up with a strong and interesting story. The plot looks so simple at the beginning, but it moves on, suspense unveils in a scary, yet logical fashion. The linking between all characters is portrayed <more>
in a very effective way. Nothing is ever a coincidence.Direction is good. Acting is decent. Cinematography is appreciable, especially the wide variety of camera angles and frames attempted to portray a simple elevator as some claustrophobic scary machine. Sound effects are captivating.I'm already waiting for the next 'Night' chronicle!
Maybe it's because M Night Shyamalan is finally coming to terms that he no longer is the toast of the town, that he has decided to focus his energies on producing and writing suspenseful thrillers for his project known as The Night Chronicles, with the first film Devil off the blocks, and others to come including his original story idea from his planned sequel to Unbreakable. We know how Shyamalan of late likes to direct and include himself as one amongst the cast, though this time it probably took a lot of effort to vacate that director's chair and quash that acting bug, to allow <more>
someone else to helm what is essentially a film that's right up Shyamalan's own territory. It's almost like putting a candy jar in front of a kid, but not allowing him access at all.Enter directors Drew and John Erick Dowdle, who I thought made a decent effort in bringing to life Shyamalan's story set around the confines of a claustrophobic lift, where five strangers happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, each of them being trapped inside the lift and sharing some common traits that will be revealed as the story wore on. The film addresses the notion that nothing is ever coincidental, especially if powerful negative forces like the devil decide to walk the earth and claim a few souls, while at the same time having fun toying with their prey. Weaving in a folk tale like what he did for Lady in the Water, Shyamalan's tale here involves the full works of how the devil operates, and comes with a method to defeat the supernatural forces seen in the film.The directors managed to steer clear of the usual clichés for a fright fest, and rightly so as well because this is not that film. Granted that there are a few well crafted scenes to suggest that there are spiritual elements involved in how the victims - a mechanic Logan Marshall- Green , an old woman Jenny O'Hara , a young woman Bojana Novakovic , a guard Bokeem Woodbine and a salesman Geoffrey Arend - the real draw is how visually arresting this film is in capturing fear from within close quarters. The opening sweeping shot of the city of Philadelphia upside down will bring about some disorientation, before reducing that spatial distance down to within the lift, mirroring that view through a CCTV camera back to the building's security control room, which to me is where some of the best instances of the film shines through.I'd actually preferred what went on outside of that lift, since what's going to happen within is more like a done deal, with one of the five already revealed through marketing that he/she is someone who doesn't belong. There's more fun in following Detective Bowden Chris Messina , who has to make sense of what's going on, balancing his deductive prowess against something that cannot be explained by logic, and watching how his due diligence and process get blown to smithereens when at first he thinks this is a simple open and shut situation, until he realizes that he's up against something that's inexplicable. It's one thing to swagger in with a plan, before fear sets in that one can be so helpless when trying to save the lives of others.The strength of the film lies in Shyamalan's story, which is deceptively simple, yet highly effective in weaving all the plot threads together, and the linking up of the characters so crucial in providing a satisfying finale. Fans of Shyamalan's stories will find that he still has more than enough gas in the tank to come up with suspenseful tales that others now have a chance to helm on the big screen, something like what Luc Besson does these days. My interest is now piqued to see how the rest of the Chronicles will present themselves.