Many cultures around the world have ghost stories, myths, fables and tall tales. Whether or not these stories are based on any real events or evidence is anyone’s guess. What if you heard a story that said the devil takes human form from time to time to collect the souls of those who have done wrong and feel no remorse for their actions? Would you believe this story or just chalk it up to stories told round the campfire. This is the premise of the new film “Devil” which is based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan.
M. Night Shyamalan has been in a slump for the past few years. His movies have been less and less interesting and the stories have been nothing to write home about. So, going into this movie I was a little skeptical, but still interested because some of his films have been amazing and I was hoping to see a return to form. This movie is only based on a story that he came up with and is the first concept of his that he has not directed himself. Surprisingly enough, this might be the reason that I actually enjoyed this movie.
Like I said before, this movie is about the devil returning in human form to capture the souls of those who have done wrong and feel no remorse. The people that he is coming for get trapped in an elevator and one of them turns out to be the devil. Little do they know that not only is the devil among them, but there is a connection between them and the people that are trying to save them from the elevator. What is fascinating most about this film is the interconnection between all of the characters. There is a common thread that runs among almost all of the characters that is slowly revealed throughout the film that really kept my attention.
None of the performances really stood out to me, but in a way that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The acting comes second in this film to the story itself. That’s a bold thing to say about a horror film, but in this case I think it’s appropriate. It’s not about the scares, but about belief in things that most people think unbelievable. There were moments that made me jump and set my nerves on edge, but that’s what I look for in a good horror film.
Is this the best film you’ll see this year? No, definitely not. However if you are a fan of the horror genre, you might want to give this one a chance. I certainly enjoyed this film far more than M. Night Shyamalan’s “Lady in the Water”, “The Village” and “The Happening” which were all terrible to me. October is about to start and if you want to start getting into the Halloween spirit, you might want to go and check this out. After you see it, you may be weary of elevators and wonder if you’ve done anything that might warrant the Devil to come looking for you.
J.Chandler : B-