Five strangers in Philadelphia begin their day with the most commonplace of routines. They walk into an office tower and enter an elevator. As they convene into this single place, they are forced to share a confined space with strangers. Nobody acknowl- edges anybody else. They’ll only be together for a few moments. But what appears to be a random occur- rence is anything but coincidental when the car becomes stuck. Fate has come calling. Today these strangers will have their secrets revealed, and face a reckoning for their transgressions.
There is something inherently Hitchcockian in the suspense and slightly leaning toward the style of Kubrick in the photography and music that makes "Devil" an interesting ride. Watchers find out just enough about the characters to be fooled when the climax occurs, which is what brought this viewer to 4/5 stars instead of just 3 stars. The writing and acting is strong for a horror film. Definitely recommended.
I just saw Prometheus and Logan Marshall-Green clearly hasn't gotten any better since this film. In both movies I was hoping he'd get smooshed/slashed/pryed-open/crapped on and I only got my wish one time out of two. On the positive side, the film was about as good as its poster: nifty idea, that causes one's eyes to roll at first but fills-up 90minutes/bus-stops without any offense.
The film does the right thing by revealing the characters past slowly but it suffers since when these people die. We hardly know anything about them so we feel nothing when they perish. The film realizes… read review