What if good poses a cold disguise of bad? Yeah right! The ultimate arbitrator of truth and justice may be not God but the Devil. Surprised? Well the film is about a Devil who will make humans face the reckoning for their transgressions. Produced by M Night Shyamalan and directed by John Erick Dowdle, the film projects horror, though apparently not scary enough. Though a Hollywood film, Devil looks as if it was designed to suit Indian audiences.
The film revolves around five strangers who get wedged into an elevator in a Philadelphia office building. Abnormal episodes begin to freak them out and get them to be suspicious of each other. The message that the Devil exists to torture people in a particular system rings loud and clear.
John Erick Dowdle, known for his directorial skills in fims like Quarantine and The Poughkeepsie Tapes, has maintained the standard but could have improvised keeping the subject in mind. In fact, the entire movie could have been better portrayed and made convincing.
The starcast have done well considering what they had to deal with, whereas the sound effects were quite surprising and unconvincing and even the drop of a pin sounded like the blast of a volcano, which by the way, bodes well for the Indian audience who follow Hollywood with Bollywood sensibilities.
On the whole this is definitely a one time watch, until Mr. Shyamalan gets his act together.