- 1 hr 21 min
Devil is a horror thriller movie that was released in 2010, directed by John Erick Dowdle and screenplay written by Brian Nelson. The story of the movie revolves around five strangers who get trapped into an elevator, and among them, a supernatural force is dwelling to take their lives one by one, leaving them with no escape. The movie starts by introducing the audience to the City of Philadelphia and how incidents happen in elevators. A suicide attempt, a couple getting stuck, a child's playful behavior trapping them, and the list goes on. The audience is unaware of how these incidents would relate until a detective, Bowden, played by Chris Messina, enters the picture, seeking redemption from his past. He is assigned to investigate a suicide case and accidentally gets caught in the elevator, setting the story's tone.
The other passengers trapped include a young woman, Saleswoman, played by Bojana Novakovic; a security guard, Ben, played by Bokeem Woodbine, a vigilant old lady and an arrogant mattress salesman, Mechanic, played by Logan Marshall-Green.
Throughout the movie, it becomes clear that the passengers are not alone but with a malevolent presence, and their conversation reveals their past, leading the audience to try to identify the culprit. However, the movie keeps the audience guessing until the end, and it becomes clear that there is more than one reason why the supernatural force is targeting them.
The storyline keeps the audience intrigued and expecting the unexpected, with the supernatural force taking different personas to trouble the passengers while they try to figure out a way to survive. Each of them has a unique character that revealed their traits and past, and their discussion was an essential part of the narrative. In essence, the movie shows how humans' sins and deeds dictate their fate, ultimately concluding in a chilling and thrilling way.
The cast did an outstanding job of portraying their characters, and Chris Messina's performance as Detective Bowden was commendable. As the story unfolds, we find his past's reason and how he seeks redemption. Bokeem Woodbine's portrayal of a security guard with a dark past, trying to redeem himself, was noteworthy. Caroline Dhavernas as the vigilante old lady, who seems to possess some supernatural abilities, adds a touch of mystique to the movie. The performances of the other cast members were commendable, and the interplay between each of them was engaging and thought-provoking.
The movie's direction by John Erick Dowdle is commendable, and the screenplay by Brian Nelson is exceptional. The movie's lighting and sound effects add to the horror feel and the building tension in the narrative. The movie's theme of redemption and how one should face their past deeds makes the audience connect with the characters, making their impending doom more palpable.
In conclusion, Devil is an excellent horror thriller movie that keeps the audience glued to the screen, expecting more twists and turns. The story, direction, acting, and screenplay are all commendable and make the movie stand out from other supernatural thrillers.
Devil is a 2010 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 21 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 44.