December 28, 2010
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I admit, I wrote this movie off quickly after its initial release. Now that it has been released on Blu-Ray and DVD, I gave it a shot and found a highly effective genre movie.
Unlike M. Night Shymalan’s recent films, this concept sticks. Devil is about 5 strangers stranded in an elevator. Each time the lights go off, another one of them dies. Despite the PG-13 rating, the film cleverly uses space and quick shots to build tension and keep the film moving at a brisk pace.
The cast, mostly of little known actors, do a great job of arousing suspicion and making each other look more guilty as things progress. The film is a take on the story The Devil’s Meeting; where the Devil visits on those most devious of people (thugs, pickpockets, gold-diggers) and takes them one by one to the underworld.
The beauty of the movie is its lack of spectacle. It’s a solid B-movie style film with a simple and effective plot. The script and direction keep your attention and rarely gives you a break. Clocking in at about 80 minutes, the film is a quick ride that will definitely have you reconsider getting stuck in an elevator. 3 out of 5 stars