Saturday, January 29, 2011

Devil (2010)

Director: John Erick Dowdle. Cast: Chris Messina, Jenny O'Hara, Bokeem Woodbine, Matt Craven. 80 min. Horror.

After directing several hideous flops, each worse than the last, storywriter M. Night Shyamalan provides hope here that maybe he hasn't forgotten the storytelling roots that made him so interesting in the first place. The story of five people stuck in an elevator, one of them probably being the devil, may sound idiotic - but there is a nice blend of spiritual and material elements, a touch of horror, and a surprise ending which was a trademark of Shyamalan's earlier admirable works (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable). Nice weekend treat.

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