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I remember seeing the trailer for Devil whilst waiting to watch Inception and thinking “hum this looks interesting” until 7 words came up “From the Mind of M Night Shyamalan” I emitted a load groan and my view of the film plummeted down....how can one name have that effect on a film. So I decided to watch the film and give it the benefit of the doubt.........wish I hadn't!!!
The film starts of with a quote from the bible “very Omen...looks promising” then the cheesy voice over butts in and the atmosphere of the opening scene is shattered. Que music......the first thing that popped to mind was Jaws a very piss poor Jaws rip off, with the strings doing a variation of the theme with the horns coming in for dramatic effect...*rolled eyes*. Then what follows this is a man falling form the building and smashing onto the roof of a van whilst a worker is buffing the floor and doesn't see or hear anything, in fact no-one notices that someone has died???? It reminded me from a scene from “The Happening”. Enter the police and I assumed that the van was outside the building...NO!!!! the van has somehow travelled down the street bumped of a barrier and down a side street and parking....and no-one noticed this strange occurrence....and the van has moved not just a few feet but what seems like miles away from the crime scene....again my eye's rolled and the word Bullshit burst forth from my mouth. So here comes the main characters of the film.....all boring, poor acting and all unlike able except for the Detective Bowden...who seemed to be showing some signs of concern. Then the lift gets stuck, this is where we get cliché moment 1 it's lift 6 (and if you turn it round it's 9 and in some cultures 9 is the devils number) as if we didn't see that coming. I was expecting the lift to be stuck on floor 66, but it wasn't. This is where it get strange a maintenance man comes onto the scene and has his own brush with death on 3 occasions once on the roof whilst chasing his cap, in an elevator shaft.....when in cliché perdicability a lift nearly squashes him, and finally in the elevator shaft above the elevator and thus finally dies. Now the security guard stuck in the elevator is meant to be claustrophobic, due to what happened to him when he's a child. He's the most calm claustrophobic I've ever seen esp when people start dying!!! What I did find was so cheesy was what came forth from the Mexican Security guards mouth when the Detective asked him for his opinion....brace yourselves “One of those people is the Devil”...no shit Sherlock!!!! as if we didn't already know that!!! man M Night Shyamalan must think we are so thick!!!
38.18mins in and I'm getting bored!!! Elevator light flickers off and another death....more running around by the Detective....yawn...... look at my watch
52:24 mins in Sarah goes “I don't even know your name”, I'm like what ever...I've been stuck in a elevator before and after 10mins you introduce yourself to the other people and try to lighten up the mood...but no not in the world of M Night Shyamalan people don't do that. Cut to scene of Firemen casually working, showing no real signs of urgency seeing that there is now 2 dead bodies in the elevator...but the music is so dramatic and OTT it saying look at this dramatic and the urgency of the firemen to save the trapped people....really??? they seem very calm to me....bad insertion of music. Second security man dies (one who is outside of the elevator). Now he dies in the most predictable way EVER here is the formula:
Man + Long stick + Electricity + Water = Death
I kid you not how unrealistic is that and how many times have we seen this done in films, let be realistic if you saw and electrical wire spitting sparks and there is water on the floor you would not reach for a long stick and stand in the water.....for God sake!!!!!
60:00mins in bored....very bored taken to throw popcorn at friends.......unoriginal deaths.....only 2 people left to go.......
64:30mins waiting for the cheesy lift drop to happen, it's got too happen at some point!!!! Devil shows itself including the all important Supernatural Black eyes...where is Sam and Dean with there fake F.B.I badges....
The sole survivor admits that he was involved in a hit and run 6 months previously......this is meant to be the twist...really as if we didn't see that coming from a mile off....esp when the detective had spoken to them 20mins previously that he lost his wife and child to a hit and run incident and you can easily put 2 and 2 together seeing that everyone in the elevator all has a criminal record!!!
70:04min Cheesy elevator drop occurs, I knew it was going too happen.....predictable.
Overall view of the film....., nothing original, cliché and very predictable and boring. M Night Shyamalan even tried to shock with the twist at the end....Epic Fail cos I saw it from a mile off. If you ever get stuck in an elevator just pray it's not from the mind of M Night Shyamalan.