Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Movie Review: Devil

Devil, a movie by M. Night Shyamalan, tells the tale of  five strangers who get stuck in a high rise elevator. To their surprise, the Devil is among them.

One of the things I like most about M. Night Shyamalan is his ability to tell a good story. Just as we saw in the Sixth Sense or The Village, M. Night does a great job of leading the audience along a well thought out path. In the end, things never happen as you expect. That, in a nutshell, is what happens in Devil.

As a fan of horror films, it's exciting to find hidden gems amongst the garbage put out today. Let me assure you, this movie has blood and scary moments, but there is a method to the madness.

By the tone set in the first few paragraphs, you can tell that I liked the movie. Devil was a surprise to me because I had no expectations at all. In fact, I didn't even know the flick existed until today.

Watching the movie, I noticed a crispness to the film's quality. Clearly, the directors John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle used just the right cameras and lighting to convey the thrilling tale.

As far as the actors go, I recognized a few faces. The most notable was Bokeem Woodbine, whom I remember from Jason's Lyric. The other characters in the movie include Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Bojana Novakovic, Jenny O'Hara, and Geoffrey Arend.  

Overall, the movie was pretty good. It's no Sixth Sense but it shares an unexpected twist near the end, which caused me to pleasantly say, "Oh!?"

Because it's rated PG-13, feel free to watch with the lights off but expect to hide your eyes in a few spots.

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