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Devil [DVD]

Chris Messina , Bojana Novakovic , John Erick Dowdle    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Chris Messina, Bojana Novakovic, Logan Marshall-Green
  • Directors: John Erick Dowdle
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ASO93W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,797 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Five people trapped in an elevator, and one of them is the Devil--it's an intriguing launch pad for a movie, and in the hands of producer M. Night Shyamalan, it has all the makings of a first-class supernatural thriller. Unfortunately, Shyamalan's concern is more with the mechanics of the story--how to pull off that celebrated final-act switcheroo--than in presenting flesh-and-blood characters or dialogue that reeks of pulp. There's a moral high-handedness to the proceedings that's also off-putting--there's a reason why these five strangers are trapped in the lift, and why Detective Messina (the very likable Chris Messina from Julie & Julia) is summoned to rescue them, and why every character is set in motion in Shyamalan's Skinner box of a plot, but it hinges on very well-worn territory, which bites deeply into the story's novel conceit. The cast is uniformly fine--in addition to Messina, there are fine turns by such underrated actors as Bokeem Woodbine, Jenny O'Hara, Geoffrey Arend (in the elevator), and Matt Craven and Caroline Dhavernas (outside)--and the direction by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine), who coproduced with brother Drew and Shyamalan, does an impressive job of keeping the action fluid in the confines of the setting. But the central conceit of Devil is comic book material tarted up as an event picture, which doesn't elicit much hope for the rest of Shyamalan's Night Chronicles trilogy, of which this is the first entry. --Paul Gaita

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Bojana Novakovic Devil (2011)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good suspense movie 7 Feb 2011
The two genres I generally dislike are westerns and horror flics. Therefore I'm not entirely sure how I got to watch this horror outing, but my goodness me did I enjoy it. OK, it was more suspenseful than gory, but it had me gripped, even though it's all pure hokum.

The film starts spookily well with aerial scenes of Philadelphia but with the camera turned upside down. This creates an unsettling sense of other worldliness that sets exactly the right tone for the events ahead.

The cast is good, the acting believable enough and the whole affair trundles along at just the right pace.

It has all the enjoyable fun of reading a cracking good short story and if you're prepared to not over analyse the daftness of it all, this movie makes for good flat-lining entertainment. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better than expected 14 Mar 2011
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After reading other reviews I almost didn't buy this film. I would have missed out! better than I expected with an original story line, good acting and not too bad an ending. Its not a scary as many films I have watched but does keep you guessing. Well worth ignoring the bad reviews for
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job 18 Oct 2012
Devil is about, well, um, the Devil (in case the title didn't tip you off) and how he likes to mess with the bad people destined to join him in hell for all eternity. And, in this case, he chooses five people with dubious pasts to trap in a lift and then generally mess with in the most grisly way he can think of.

The first thing I should say about Devil is that it's quite a short film, therefore talking about the plot may give away a few twists that might spoil the enjoyment. It doesn't need to be too long. Not all the action takes place inside the lift (as there is a team working on getting them out of there), but it's still quite a condensed atmosphere that doesn't lend itself too much scope to expand. Therefore, in this case, less is more.

It's actually quite good. Oddly enough, despite being a horror film, it's rated 15 (or even PG13 in some places), meaning there isn't an awful lot of blood and entrails floating about the place. What `scares' come are largely jumpy and `atmospheric.' However, that doesn't seem to matter. It's a condensed little film that should appeal to horror buffs with some decent performances and enough twists to hopefully surprise you.

Probably not a classic up to The Exorcist's standards, but entertaining enough in what it gives you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Devil 16 July 2011
I'd heard some bad things about this film so I was rather sceptical when I watched it. However, it held my attention from start to finish and I found it to be very entertaining. The basic premise that there are five people in an elevator and one of them is the Devil is fairly fresh. And in spite of the fact many of the bad reviews I read said it was obvious who the Devil was from the start, I'd have to be honest and say that I suspected each of the characters at one time or another during the film. At the end it would have been easy to say I knew it was X all along, but it would be a lie to say I was absolutely 100% certain, and that's what gives the film its tension, you can never be entirely sure you know what's going on. Devil has an interesting premise and some decent twists and at around 90 minutes it doesn't hang around long enough to get boring.
I definitely recommend giving this film a chance.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it 17 Jan 2011
Despite the reviews I really enjoyed this movie, five people trapped in a lift with one of them being the Devil, there to torment them before he takes their souls. The largely unknown cast do a fine job with no bad performances to mention and the story keeps your attention until the end, what more can you ask? The blu ray print is spot on and the soundtrack is also excellent. If you have a subwoofer you will jump when the lift stops. Yes the shocks and jumps are the old fashion sort but don't you get a little bored of constant slaughter and torture porn? This is a good film but sales will suffer from one serious problem. Once you know who the Devil is, what's the point of watching it again?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective 25 Jan 2011
Devil, like Buried is a simple story very well told.

An ordinary day. 5 people enter a lift only for it to stop dead. They have all done bad things, and the Devil has come for them.
By rights this should not be enough material to make a movie but somehow it does, and an absorbing one at that. The claustraphobia, creeping distrust, rising panic, blackouts and and effective switch between those trapped in the lift and those trying to get them out.

Suspend sceptisism, relax and enjoy a decent horror story with a good dose of suspense and jumps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid little thriller 11 Dec 2011
Like a lot of reviewers, I was pleasantly surprised by this, the first of Shyamalan's "Night Chronicles". I was expecting a one-set premise, taking place entirely within the lift where each of the characters slowly reveals more and more about their background. Kudos then to Shyamalan for widening the field and adding Messina as the on-duty cop trying to figure it all out. What appeals here is the mystery element - who are these people? Why did they come to the building on this particular day? Do they have any connection? Some have criticised the contrivance of the devil actually being one of them, but it works much better this way. Otherwise, why and how would a serial killer (or hitman) plan to knock off four people within the confines of a lift, which is monitored by a security camera?

This is a lean, taut little number with some good shocks and restrained use of cliches. It's got a healthy dash of "Identity" and "Final Destination", so if you liked those two, this is well worth a watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Devil You Know👿
This is number one of the night Chronicles, based on Characters trapped in the lift and each has a secret sinful past. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Genie in the bottle
5.0 out of 5 stars That was a surprise
I've seen a lot of "must see" and " shocking" horrors, most of them are all hype and loud bangs that don't stay with you for as long as the sound itself, Devil is... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Luridtricycle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Just watch it, the price is cheap, I think you will like it. BUY IT!
Good film, interesting, flows well, no dull parts, passes the time, interesting interpersonal dynamics. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Customer
Well, in recent years we've had many offerings from the mind of 'M.NIGHT SHYAMALAN' i've found them to be either pure genius or total 'pants' among the really good 'The Sixth... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars going up
Going up great guessing film ,didn't think it would be good how wrong was I keeps you guessing brilliant
Published 1 month ago by the reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film kept me guessing
I am a great fan of M Night Shyamalan and buy all his films as they keep me guessing until the end and Devil was the same! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sjw
3.0 out of 5 stars Intressting
Good idea for a film but can't help but think you know the outcome straight away, story tries to focus too much on what we wouldn't be able to assume as the assumption we do make. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nathan Caws
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
this film was absolutely great, had me hooked from the start and had a great plot, great actors and has been well directed, highly recommend
Published 3 months ago by Josh Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars The Demonic, Difficult to Resist or to Repulse When It Comes Calling...
Some reviewers, in various WWW sites' reviews and comments, have expressed contempt for this extraordinarily suspenseful and mysterious film, "Devil" (Universal 13693-C... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jerry (Celil) Parker
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