Although there are many things wrong with this movie it does in a way keeps itself interesting for the audience. "Devil" wants to be a product of fear and it succeeds at one point with it's suspense but towards the end it gets lazy, predictable and boring. The first thing you notice wrong is the story from the first 5 minutes of the movie. You got cops who don't apply the usual methods in those situations not to mention you got a body falling from 35th floor over a truck and nobody from that specific building notices. It's ridiculous and unrealistic but let's say that was "the devil's work". You would think the headache will stop and you could move on but you're meeting these characters which are developed in the most superficial way I have seen in a long time. These characters are also unlikeable, you actually despise anyone at one point so you don't even care about their outcome. Problems persist when you find yourself betting on who's next to die and you have like 200% chances of wining. The story it's not only silly but it's bad executed the only good parts being revealed at the end where you're kind of reminded of the ending of Saw, so the twist ain't impressive since you've already seen it executed in an almost perfect manor. Devil is a weak attempt at being horrifying and "claustrophobic" to the audience. In fact, if I think about it, it's a "claustrophobic movie" since it mixes bad dialogue, bad twist, bad situations, religion, elevators, bad cops, bad managers and staff, bad firemen and so on.
The acting is terrible in my humble order. Not one character I liked, not one character I've seen to be actually involved in this movie, no passion, no honesty, everything is cheesy and dull. It just makes me wanna become an actor and show these guys how things work. The only good stuff was at the end, but even then, the edited voice was the coolest part and the eyes of the devil but not the acting itself. On another hand, if you give it a thought, the devil acts only in the dark so most of the times you cannot even see what's happening. It's like: lights off, bumping and screaming and mourning, lights are on, dead body. Yeah, that's so terrifying I just literally sh*tted while laughing so hard.
The execution of the movie though was pretty much impressive and there you could see John Dowdle's work, probably backed up by Shyamalan's ideas . I liked the sound, the score, the editing of the movie but I found cinematography to be above average. It really showed at times like a low-budget horror flick, which it is, but you have so many others that still find a way to be visually stunning.
I don't know what to say about this movie, there are Shyamalan fans who will probably liked it, but as a personal favor I would tell you "don't bother with it". You got nothing to loose, there's no intelligent twists, there are no scary moments, the characters are complete douches and unlikeable, the premise is stupid but to balance things I would add that it has it's moments of suspense and it makes you wanting to know not "what the end is" but if the end is "the one you expect" to be. At least it keeps you interested to one point...
Despite the bitter taste the name “M. Night Shyamalan” leaves in my mouth these days (because of "The Last AirBender”), I’ve decided to check out the Shyamalan hatched-up idea “Devil” since it was directed by “Quarantine” directors Drew and John Erick Dowdle which I thought was decent for a remake. “Devil” is scripted by Brian Nelson and truth be told, while the atmosphere feels slightly “Shyamalan”, the film is more a … more
**1/2 out of **** M. Night Shyamalan is in desperate need of a career changer. Anything-even if it's a film he merely produces instead of penning and helming. Penning in particular is one thing Shyamalan hasn't been that good at recently, although I have no problem with the man's directorial style. "Devil" is a film that has the premise of a Shyamalan film, but since he didn't actually direct or write it, it lacks his signature style. Perhaps that … more
I am not very familiar with the works of M. Night Shyamalan, but I am looking to be. Devil is not directed by Shyamalan, but it has his name attached to it and I'm sure that turned a lot of people off this movie. It may seem kind of hip to make fun of him right now, but you look at The Last Airbender and The Happening and say he doesn't deserve it. However, Devil is one of the better works he has had his name attached to. It has laughable acting and a bad script, but it has a promising … more
DEVIL When I first heard about this film I was excited because I have always found these types of movies entertaining. M. Night Shyamalan was on board here as a producer and also came up with this I believe so I was interested to say the least. I heard many things about this movie, some good some bad so I had to check it out. After watching this I have to say I liked more than I thought but it wasn't what I expected. I was actually expecting … more
It starts with a suicide. A sign of the devil's presence. When he comes, it is to torment a few select people before taking their souls. This old-world religious myth is brought to a modern day Philadelphia. Five strangers get on an elevator, only to get stuck 30 floors up. As time lengthens in the tight enclosed space, the passengers' tempers start to flare. And when the lights flicker, blood is drawn. A who-done-it suspense wrapped up in a classic sci-fi atmosphere. … more
In many ways, DEVIL is simply a bloated episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE or ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS. It could easily have been told in a 60 minute TV episode (including commercials). Apparently this tale "sprung" from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan...and I like the inclination to tell little scary "short stories" via a film series. However, I think I might like the idea even better if this became, let's say, an hour long series on Showtime. DEVIL is so modest in scale and ambition … more
This film is far from the best ever and that is a little disappointing, it had the potential to be a classic. Still this is not as bad as some think and is worth a rental at least, it has some good special features so that is always a plus. Also while it may be a little predictable it does not try to over do anything, like that they did that.
I was actually surprised at how good it was. The story was focused and tight, they kept the scope fairly small, and it pretty much delivered what it promised. As far as well done horror films with religious themes of redemption and damnation, I'd have to rate this up there with Frailty.
Violence, disturbing images, thematic material and some language including sexual references
The first in a series of collaborations from Media Rights Capital and M. Night Shyamalan comes in the form of Devil, a supernatural thriller based on an idea by the enigmatic filmmaker. Going off of a script by Brian Nelson is Quarantine director John Erick Dowdle, who handles producing duties with his brother Drew.