Monday, September 20, 2010


So, we don't post anything because we're super procrastinators and spend time on things like searching for halloween costume ideas and making vegan shepard's pie, but TONIGHT IS THE EXCEPTION. I just saw Devil and I'm going to write a review while it's all fresh in my mind.

Devil is about a bunch of people who get on an elevator in a big fancy lawyer building in Philadelphia (PENNSYLVANIA PRIDE!). Whilst on that elevator, it breaks down and gets trapped midway between two stops. The people trapped start panicking and pressing the emergency buttons. The security guards who are keeping watch in the TV monitor room are able to see all the people & talk to them, but the people aren't able to talk to the guards. Everything seems standard at first, but then scary inexplicable things start happening and people start dying, and the detective in charge of the situation has to crack the case before everything descends into total chaos.

I'm going to level with you, this movie is not super good. The actors aren't good, it's not very scary, the ending is kind of predictable, it has a key plot point that you will remember from Signs, and for being a suspense thriller it's honestly not very suspenseful. However, we need to look past all this and focus on the good. So M. Night Shyamalan is one of the writers for this movie, accredited with the "story," and I have always liked this guy. His last few movies (Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender) have been terrible, and it pains me to see him getting worse and worse. I went through the same thing with my gal Britney Spears. I was really hoping The Last Airbender was going to be his big comeback, and then that just got so destroyed I was afraid he wasn't going to be able to resuscitate his dignity. However, Devil actually isn't that bad, and a bunch of people I've talked to liked it, so perhaps this is a glimmer of hope for M. Night. Maybe his next big comeback is just around the corner. I feel like he has a genuine passion for filmmaking and I would really like to see him get some critical success in the future.

Overall: 2.5/5 it's fine. I don't know. Probably good for seeing with your dad or something.
Hotties: 4/5 There's actually a pretty hot guy in this movie, which I didn't realize. He has a lot of screen time and some type of accent. He looks like Eames from Inception.
Hope for M. Night: 3/5 He's not out of the water yet, but he's on the right path

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