It's definitely a rainy-day B or C Shyamalan story and it shows (and it does show it's written by him). This was the first of the planned "Night Chronicles", a bunch of side-stories he would produce. I remember this! But yes, Devil is not very good, although having the discreet charm of a low-budget (10 mil) studio film.
Yes. 4 stars. It IS rubbishy - but I like the focus of the essential idea so much. Modest allegory of a psychological transition that relentlessly shitty people will often never wake up to (until death, or if some crisis jolts them awake). The tension here illustrates the closed circuit self-destruct of that mentality. The "truth shall set you free" (from yourself) because if you are a pr*ck, it sucks to be you.
La trama parte in maniera intrigante, ma è subito visibile come la narrazione stia prendendo una brutta piega. Un ritmo troppo lento rende troppo faticosa la progressione. Dei personaggi bidimensionali e una ripetitività snervante vanno a creare un mezzo disastro. La regia ha alcuni momenti riusciti, ma nel complesso non crea un racconto appassionante. Le riprese in esterno sono orribili e alcune scene sono ridicole
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.