Synopsis:A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.
Devil (2010) is a 1h 20-min PG-13 American supernatural horror-thriller mystery film that was shot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and several locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Director John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine (2008), As Above, So Below (2014), No Escape (2015)) did an extraordinary job executing M. Night Shyamalan story and Brian Nelson’s screenplay. The movie had an estimated budget of $10 million and grossed over $62.7 million at the box office. The film contains crude sexual language/jokes, extreme violence, gore, mild language, tension, gory graphic deaths, and suspense.
Devil opens up by treating us to some pretty magnificent scenes of Philadelphia and voice over from one of the characters in the opening credits telling us about an old wives tale that grandmother uses to tell him. The tale was about Satan disguising himself in human form so that he can walk amongst us to have fun while getting some souls to take back to hell. The movie opens up with suicide as someone leaps off of a building onto a truck. Detective Bowden (Chris Messina - Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Argo (2012), The Mindy Project (2012-2016)) is assigned to the case of the person who committed suicide and the five individuals who are stuck in an elevator in the same building.
The five elevator passengers all have secrets they are hiding which explores if they/we can live with those secrets and if they deserve to be forgiven for their actions. All of the passengers secrets on the elevator are slowly being revealed throughout the movie which gives us more of insight into their criminal secrets. Some of the characters did not tell us their secret, but it was revealed by the detectives assigned to their case. The occasional power outings in the elevator were creepy as can be for me as I did not know what to expect and my opinion of who the killer is was totally wrong. Someone is dead every time the lights come back on, and they are all strangers to each other. The detective is not much help as he is going through issues himself but you will have to see what he is going through and who it all ties into the movie - I was surprised.
The deaths are not easy but are extremely gory, spooky, and mind boggling as it left me afraid of taking elevators for a good few months. The dark scenes in the elevator were scary and just about the entire movie gave me a sense of dread as the tension builds up. All of the actors gave us excellent performances and the premises of the film was interesting. The movie was well paced and is mostly about faith and forgiveness.
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Writers: Brian Nelson, M. Night Shyamalan
Director: John Erick Dowdle