Saturday, September 18, 2010

Review: Devil

High concept: people trapped in an elevator and one of them is the Devil. Now add a game of Spin the Bottle and you have the ingredients for a top-notch horror/thriller, produced by suspense king M. Night Shyamalan. Directed by the Dowdle Brothers, the film's use of Satan in a simple childhood activity undermines innocence and reveals the dark side of humanity. Featuring a cast of little-known actors, the movie unfolds in a Philadelphia office building. Five people stuck in an elevator unmask one of their own as the Devil. Waiting for rescue, they grow bored and spin the Devil around on the floor. Whoever his horns point to when he stops must tell a sin. The Devil promises to reward the biggest sinner with political power, gold and carbon off-sets. However, all the spinning makes the Devil ill. Suffering from motion sickness, the Father of Lies upchucks inside the elevator. The horrified passengers now learn that Satan had tangerines for lunch. Brian Nelson's 75-minute script, with a story credit by suspense king M. Night Shyamalan, keeps you on the edge of your seat and will do to elevators what Psycho did to shower stalls. Rated PG-13 for language and depicting citrus fruit as disgusting.

7 comments:

Luke said...

Quite a concept there, yes. I almost went to go see that movie last night. We saw Dinner for Schmucks instead. Which, by the way, is the best movie I've seen in a while.

Have you seen it yet? I'd highly, highly reccomend it

John P. McCann said...

I haven't seen it, Luke.

Money is tight.

That's why I must invent film reviews.

takineko said...

HAHAHA I never thought anyone would make me interested in this movie.

Luke said...

I see, the average movie here spans between 9 and 14 dollars a ticket. Not to mention my small popcorn (which really should be the large one) and medium drink. I end up spending twenty five bucks on a movie. I like the creatively absurd reviews better anyway.

Tom Ruegger said...

A toddler gets on the elevator
and commandeers the control panel. The toddler pushes the buttons and chants:

"Elelator go up.
Elelator stop.
Elelator go up
Elelator stop."

The devil, who is a fellow passenger in the elevator, attempts to push a button on the control panel.

The toddler stops him, insisting:

"No you push the button.
I push the button.
No you push the button.
I push the button."

The toddler pushes all the buttons:
"Again and again and again and again."

The elevator proceeds aimlessly up and down the shaft for about 10 minutes.

Ultimately, the devil becomes so frustrated that he blows his own brains out.

The toddler laughs at the funny devil whose head just exploded and asks the devil to "do it again," but the devil cannot since he's dead.

Sadly, the elevator's once-pristine control panel is now splattered with yucky pieces of brain.

And yet, the world rejoices because the devil is dead and now we don't have to worry about all that scary stuff in the Book of Revelations.

The End

Luke said...

According to Tom, Baby Plucky just killed sin, and its source..,,,,,

"Temptations go down da' hoooooollle"

Praise Plucky

takineko said...

Haha, wow Tom. The censors really had their work cut out for them.