The Schnozeberries taste like Schnozeberries!
I had to say it.I think of that every time I see Geoffrey Arend in a movie. Schnozeberries aside, have you ever wondered just how many different ways you can kill someone in an elevator? Well watching Devil will satisfy your morbid curiosity. Have you ever wondered what a really long, rejected episode of The Twilight Zone might have felt like? Well Devil can answer that one too!
The premise is 5 people, some with shady pasts are trapped in an elevator. One of them is actually the Devil in disguise. As we learn at the beginning of the film, every now and then the Devil impersonates a human just to cause some mayhem. The story goes back and forth between the people stuck in the elevator, the people trying to get them out, and the police that are investigating a suicide that happened at said building. There's also some of the cop's extra baggage.
This isn't a bad film, but it could've been done a lot better. M. Night Shyamalan takes a break from writing and directing (Thank God) and is only attached to producing and coming up with the idea of the film, the first of his "Night Chronicles" saga. It's got that gloomy Shyamalan feel, and in true fashion it's got a slight "twist" at the end. The biggest problem Devil has is that it's not scary. Everything bad that happens in this movie happens in the dark. That takes away a lot of the suspense that the film does a pretty decent job of building up. The plot is interesting, it really is. It reminded me a lot of 'And Then There Were None', which I enjoyed. The concept of this movie could've been great, but the fact that we don't really see anything hurts it so much.
It's a great effort, and it gives Shyamalan a bit of his credibility back. Director John Erick Dowdle did a good job with making the film feel cold, dark, and claustrophobic. The cast is tolerable, and their characters are somewhat developed. It was above my expectations going in.
Memorable Quote: I would like to replace this with "Memorable Body Movement": When The Salesman (Geoffrey Arend) gets caught checking out Sarah (Bojana Novakovic) and he just shrugs it off. That scene was so funny to me.