Director: John Erick Dowdle
Written by: Brian Nelson (screenplay), M. Night Shyamalan (story)
Starring: Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas, Bokeem Woodbine, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara, Bojana Novakovic, Geoffrey Arend and Jacob Vargas
One scathing review of M. Night Shyamalan’s Devil referred to the movie as a “chiller”. I like that. I think it aptly describes what I saw. I am not one for horror and gore but I like a bite-your-nails experience and, despite the glossed-over storytelling, the movie made me yell at the screen, which means I was involved. If you like horrors, this isn’t for you. It is, at best, a suspense thriller about four people who are tortured in a stuck elevator. It is frustrating, creepy, entertaining and fiendish without the explicit gore of so many movies. It will make you jump but it won’t stay with you.
What I liked: I was entertained enough that I didn’t try to figure out what was going on. The suspense was successful enough to make me frustrated and antsy. The ambiance was creepy enough to provide an eerie feeling throughout and I gasped and jumped in the right places.
What I didn’t like: There isn’t anything beneath the surface. No character depth, no depth of story. Everything is explained explicitly.
My rating: Feel free to turn off your thinking cap.
Rotten Tomatoes: 51%