Overlooked Film of the Week- #100
It seems so simple. Put five people in an elevator. Have them start dying one by one. Have they grow wary and paranoid of one another. Big huge reveal of what is really going on and who is really doing the killings. Sit back and enjoy. "Devil" came out in 2010, and while it featured a simple idea for a movie, it milked it for all that it was worth. "Devil" is a fun movie, a great thing to watch around this time of year.
What may blow people away is that the film involves M. Night Shyamalan. Yes, that M. Night Shyamalan. He did not direct it and he did not write it. He was the producer and I think he came up with the idea behind it if I am not mistaken. "Devil" was to be the first in a series of Shyamalan-produced horror movies entitled The Night Chronicles. The Night Chronicles was to be a series of supernatural stories produced by Night and made by others. So far, there has not been another Night Chronicles movie. To me, that is a shame. "Devil" proved that Shyamalan wasn't going to be a complete failure in the future, and in the last five years, its been the best thing he's had his name on. I hope he eventually continues The Night Chronicles, because its so far, so good.
The film is described as a "Agatha Christie nod," which makes perfect sense. All five people in the elevator have horrid pasts that they are guilty of and they die one by one. The film also revolves around an old fable that Satan walks among, to torture and torment the sinners of the world. I think they took some fascinating ideas and made a spooky, good-looking movie out of it.
The film features Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O'Hara, Bokeem Woodbine, Jacob Vargas and Matt Craven. The cast does very good work across the board. Its a familiar idea, and the cast is able to sell it flawlessly. I also like how big the scares are for a movie being in one isolated location. They stretch and pull as many scares as possible out of the location and story and it is quite bracing.
M. Night Shyamalan may have a not-so-good reputation, but this movie may help you remember how talented he truly is.