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Devil (2010)

Reviewed on 2011 January 8

I enjoyed this for what it was: a good locked room mystery. I’m giving a condensed review here, because I don’t want to blab anything that will spoil it for you. If you’re still undecided, be careful reading the IMDb page; the FAQs for the movie that are visible on the main page could be construed as spoilers.

Detective Bowden (Chris Messina) is having a bad morning that’s about to get exponentially worse. While investigating an apparent homicide at a high rise, he gets a fresh problem: an elevator is stuck, and the five people trapped inside start dropping like flies. Bowden tries to get everyone out of there as quickly as possible, but Ramirez the security guard (Jacob Vargas) warns this might be harder than he thinks. It appears the devil is one of the passengers, and literally “in the details” here.

Yeah, the premise sounds silly, unless you can think of it as a folk tale adapted for modern times. The acting from the five suspects/victims was good enough to keep my attention (and guessing who was really murdering the others). The bit where Ramirez explains to Bowden that they’re dealing with the supernatural is hoaky, but that’s not Vargas’s fault: the script just needed a little more love here.

Three chocolate morsels. This almost makes up for The Happening.


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