Devil Movie Review
“Devil” is a supernatural thriller from the mind of Manoj Night Shyamalan. The movie is indeed a refreshing change from Shyamalan’s previous attempts and to be honest except for the cinematic ending all the scenes are scintillatingly well constructed. The suspense in the plot is not revealed till the end which makes this movie a well-knit entertainer.
The movie is about five individuals from various walks of life boarding an elevator in a high-rise building only to get stuck in the elevator followed by some strange happenings which leaves the occupants dead one by one. The list of occupants are A Mechanic (Logan Marshall-Green), Old Woman (Jenny O Hara), Young Woman (Bojana Novakovic), Security Guard (Bokeem Woodbine) and a Salesman (Geoffrey Arend).
The plot is that one amongst these five is not as they appear to be and it is this one person who is the Devil. Once the elevator gets stuck and the first incident happens, Detective Bowden (Chris Messina) is called to the scene and even he is left clueless about the incidents happening inside the elevator.
In the end when the probable suspects thin down and when we think that the last surviving person is the Devil, there is a twist to the tale where Detective Bowden also gets involved. The ending to the tale could have been well thought off which would have made this supernatural thriller a wonderful entertainer.
Manoj Night Shyamalan along with screenwriter Brian Nelson and director John Erick Dowdle has made sure that his story is executed the same way how he intended it to be. Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto is brilliant. Editing by Elliot Greenberg is crisp and casting by Debra Zane is perfect as all the characters are well picked to suit their roles.
The movie has a running time of 80 minutes and its worth the entire duration guessing what’s in store next. Lets hope that Shyamalan comes out with refreshing storyline like this “Devil” for his future projects.
“Devil” is a brilliant attempt in the horror genre.