A memorable opening credits sequence promises a soundtrack that strikes just the right note of portent and a stylish visual palette from criminally underrated DP Tak Fujimoto. "Devil" certainly delivers on those two fronts, but a weak script with tuneless dialogue fails to fulfill its potential as a fun revival of 70's-era Satanic thrillers. Now imagine what M. Night Shyamalan could have done with this material.
I heard that there was a M. Night Shamalama movie that didn't suck. It wasn't horrible, but he just can't stop himself from proselytizing. Remember religious people, you can rape and kill and plunder as much as you like, just as long as you ask God for forgiveness.
This would have been better had there been an extra twenty minutes added to the set-up. Like The Happening, the shortened run-time (Shyamalan's films tend to all be approx. 107 minutes) detracts from any sort of emotional catharsis the film is trying to have. I just didn't care about the Chris Messina character and his past the way we're supposed to. Also should've had Night directing and a James Newton Howard score.