Starring: Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, Geoffrey Arend, Jacob Vargas, Matt Craven, Joshua Peace, Joe Cobden, and Caroline Dhavernas.
Directed by: John Erick Dowdle.
Released: September 17th, 2010.
M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t had a good track record lately, the last three of his directorial efforts in particular. However, his latest project Devil proves to be much better than what he’s been delivering us lately. Mind you, Shyamalan served on the background for this project and allowed John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, the American remake of REC) to step in as director. Devil is the first film of The Night Chronicles trilogy, a series of films that deals with modern urban society and their encounters with the supernatural. This first film is centered around a group of five total strangers who find themselves trapped high above in an office building elevator. The kicker here is that one of them is the Devil.
Devil is said to based around a concept that is known as ‘The Devil’s Meeting’, which revolves around the Devil who arrives on Earth to test out the sinners by subjecting them to torment. The film kicks off with a suicide that takes place in the same office building, the event catches the eye of a grieving detective (Chris Messina) who ends up having to deal with the stuck elevator situation as well. Now having seen the film Legion, I sort of had a prediction in my mind of which one of these people may be the Devil. And I think you probably know who I’m talking about if we’re on the same page. However, I won’t get into whether my prediction was right or wrong.
What matters here is that Devil just may be the redeeming film for M. Night Shyalaman. Mind you, Devil is nothing special, but it does manage to keep your attention piqued as well as to distance itself from the majority of crap, I mean films, that have been dumped on us lately. It’s a good B-thriller with a few entertaining low-budget thrills and tricks, most of all, it gets the job done. Other than that, the characters are all depicted appropriately and they serve their roles in the story well. Chris Messina shows us a believable detective as he interacts with all and everyone around him throughout this dilemma, the five strangers stuck in the elevator manage to pull of a realistic sense of anxiety and frustration that is never over the top. Could The Night Chronicles help wash away the sins of M. Night Shyamalan? Possibly.