anotherdescentinto.blogspot.comBy Eric Polk of
To be honest, I had alot of reservations about seeing this M.Night Shyamalan-produced film. I'm not the biggest fan of his work, other than the obvious The Sixth Sense. Yet, this is a current horror movie, and I feel it's one of my duties at DBH to bring to you, The Reaplings, reviews of recent films as well as my Netflix views. So with that disclaimer out of the way...
Devil begins with a suicide and an investigation by a detective in the midst of alcoholic recovery. Meanwhile, five strangers, each with a criminal history, board an elevator in the building where the suicide occurred. Eventually, the elevator gets stuck, leading to odd occurrences with the five trapped inside. The detective begins to suspected the suicide and the incidents in the elevator are related and begins to do another investigation.
I don't know what to make of this movie. Certainly, the jump scares are fantastic(as evidenced when my girlfriend leapt about ten feet off the theatre) and the tension is real good. The problem as I see it lies within the detective and what we come to find out about him and the last survivor. Where is the conflict within the detective? The ending just didn't seem believable to me. The message was fine, but still, Shyamalan should have added that extra layer of depth. Overall, this movie is better than his more recent efforts, but not The Sixth Sense-caliber.