First off "Devil
" is written by Brian Nelson(30 days of night, hard candy) and Directed by John Dowdle (quarantine), based on a story by M. Night shyamalan. So all people who hate M. Night get it out of your head that he directed or wrote this movie. Is Devil gonna be helped or hindered by the fact that every time you see the trailer it says "from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan," Ultimately i think this movie will have lackluster performance at the box office because too many people think M. Night had his hands in this movie.
Now as for the Review aspect of this, it's gonna be short, I just got done watching devil and the story goes like this "5 people are essentially trapped in an elevator, no one knows why the elevator isn't working the security guards believe the elevator is malfunctioning, until one of the security guards sees something and believe's the devil has come and lights go out, people get attacked in the elevator."
For the most part this is simply a horror movie that tries to play off the feeling of claustrophobia, it is not in anyway a thriller, thrillers tend to have you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what's gonna happen next, Where as horror movies are very basic in the fact that you know everyone will die, you wanna see how they will die and if anyone might survive. Devil does a good job of coming up with a few innovative deaths for the small space used, they also do a fairly good job with the movie as a whole it has it's moments where you wanna see what will happen next.
There is some good acting from "Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Geoffrey Arend, and Jenny O'hara," the story was entertaining enough to keep me in my seat and go i wonder what will happen next, but the score to the movie was wrong in so many ways. The musical score feels like it belongs to a thriller,( Phonebooth, enemy at the gates, the cell, along came a spider) it just never fits with the feel of the movie or the scene that it is playing in. The dialogue is actually really well done, the talking back and forth between characters for the most part is believable and fits the situation perfectly throughout the movie.
Overall Devil is surprisingly a decent enough movie that will most likely get passed over by people who hate M. Night and PG-13 horror films, I would have to give this movie a Low Matinee because it should be watched in the theater so that we (movie goers) can see what happens when other writers and directors take an idea by M. Night and create there own vision of that idea.
End note: If you really can't figure out who plays the Devil 15 minutes into the movie than A) you should stop watching horror movies or B) pay more attention to the actors and actresses when they star in a movie.