Rating: Rated PG-13
Brought to you OBS staff member Annabell Cadiz
Devil is centered around five people in an elevator, all five are strangers to each other but their past mistakes are what connect them. They end up trapped within the elevator. One by one each character’s story is told and one by one they start to die, inexplicably. They soon come to realize there is something else controlling the elevator and the five of them are about to come face to face with their worse nightmare.
Devil was one of the best movies this year! It is a classic suspenseful thriller wrapped in psychological horror which will have audiences sitting on the edge of their seats.
The movie started off with an opening shot of Philadelphia upside down which got my interest (and made my stomach slightly queasy) and with a dark thrilling score, I was already sitting up straight in my seat, needing to know what was going to happen with this movie. I have never seen such a beautiful and freaky opening for a movie before! It was perfect for the story to follow.
Writer, M. Night Shyamalan did an AMAZING job with the screenplay! He found a way to wrap horror and suspense along with the values of forgiveness and truth. Director John Erick Dowdle does a wonderful job of building up the claustrophobia of being trapped in an elevator no one can control. I was sitting in an open movie theater and I was still feeling as if I was locked away inside the elevator with the actors. He builds the suspense and hysteria of what the characters have to endure very nicely. You will find yourself yelling at the screen and a minute later holding your breath as the characters are plummeted into darkness and find a new character dead. The tension is palpitating throughout the whole film making you lose track of time. The movie doesn’t drag, everything is thrown straight in your face and to the point.
I TOTALLY recommend picking up a copy of Devil, shutting off all the lights in your house, snuggling yourself in your comforter, and get ready for a very intense thrill ride!
Running Time: 80 minutes (1 hour 20 minutes)
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Rating: 10/10 stars