Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Review: Devil (2010)

IMDB rate: 6,3
Genre: Supernatural, Religious

I've seen the movie Devil once before and I must say that if you know the ending the movie is not very surprising anymore. I think Devil is a decent movie but it also has some annoying parts. I remember that I was very surprised at the end the first time, but seeing it a second time... meh, just a normal movie.

In Philadelphia, Detective Bowden is still grieving for his wife and son, killed in a hit-and-run five years ago. When someone jumps from a skyscraper onto a truck, Bowden is sent to investigate. Meanwhile, five strangers are trapped in an elevator in the building where the jumper committed suicide. The communication radio in the elevator is broken but the guards, Lustig and Ramirez, observe the individuals via CCTV as events unfold. Tensions run high among those trapped, so Lustig calls the police and Detective Bowden assumes the case. Without being able to contact the individuals, he tries to work out who they are, but he can only account for four of them. Time is running out for the occupants of the elevator, as Bowden realizes he has to get them out quickly.

When a movie mostly plays in an elevator there are not many options to go. It's easily being compared to the movie Blackout even though that's about a psychopath and this about something supernatural. When a movie is set in a small room, like an elevator, it gets kinda predictable, there will be a lot of tension between people, people get hurt etc. My point is, it's never really surprising.
The movie Devil is actually exactly like that but the only thing that keeps you curious is to find out who the bad guy is. Devil really puts you on the wrong foot, which makes the movie good.

Things that I did not like so much was the acting. Jenny O'Hara, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine and Geoffrey Arend are not really good actors. But I must say that the dialogues also makes them look bad. The movie is partly written by M. Night Shyamalan and some of the dialogues really resemble the dialogues of The Happening a lot. For those who did not read my The Happening review, I thought the dialogues of The Happening were terrible. The dialogues are almost childish, just awful.
The one good actor was Logan Marshall-Green, even though he does not say a lot in this movie.

I was surprised to find out who the bad guy was, but as I already said, when you've seen this movie once, it's not very surprising anymore.

Another thing that I disliked of this movie was that bad things only happened in the dark. So when the screen went black, you knew that something bad was going to happen. But of course, that's what kept the mystery. A bit of a difficult case.

Devil is a decent movie. Very surprising at first but a bit predictable. It's fun seeing it once but when you know who the bad guy is it's not very surprising anymore.

My personal rate: 6/10

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