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Devil (2010)

Director:
John Erick Dowdle
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Horror/Thriller
AKA
The Night Chronicles: Devil
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Devil
RUNNING TIME
80 minutes
Producer:
John Erick Dowdle
Drew Dowdle
M. Night Shyamalan
Sam Mercer
Screenwriter (based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan):
Brian Nelson


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Detective Bowden Chris Messina
The Mechanic Logan Marshall-Green
Older Woman Jenny O'Hara
Younger Woman Bojana Novakovic
The Guard Bokeem Woodbine
The Salesman Geoffrey Arend
Ramirez Jacob Vargas
Lustig Matt Craven

 

Review

M. Night Shyamalan and John Erick Dowdle comprise the team behind this clever and coherent chiller about the devil's presence and deeds in our modern, secular urban society. Bearing in mind these two filmmakers' latest output (The Last Airbender and Quarantine, respectively), the confidence and flair with which Devil is made is a pleasant surprise. There is especially one scene early on from a lobby which illustrate this, where we're introduced to the five principal characters in one elegant, continuous take. At this stage, there's not much reminiscent of the typical ominous horror setups, and that is a relief. In this film, we're spared the easy scare-tactics and futile visual effects, and instead treated to a gradual increase in tension as the rope tightens around the characters and we realize that we won't escape the diabolical thematics, which the filmmakers cleverly enough chose to announce early on in order to take the sting out of any potential predictability. Instead, we must concentrate on the hows and whys, both of which hold up until the very end and will ultimately send shivers down your spine. It's not groundbreaking, but it's well played out and highly effective.

 

Copyright 8.3.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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