So, as the case with every one of his films, what’s the twist here?
After a near three-minute trailer, one’s guess is as good as anyone’s. Five people get in an elevator, super-natural junk of some magnitude occurs, people die and that seems to be it. The tag line “Bad Things Happen For A Reason,” makes you think that the plot of this movie will be tightly constructed, a film that you’ll have to watch more than once to get the complete gist of. That’s got to be a good sign, especially since Shyamalan’s recent stretch of films haven’t had the same staying power as the first few he put under his belt in the mid-90s.
Unlike his big successes however, the cast of this flick are relative unknowns, consisting of Chris Messina [“Julia and Julia,” “Monogomy”], Geoffrey Arend [“(500) Days of Summer”], Caroline Dhavernas [“The Cry of the Owl”], Jacob Vargas [“Jarhead”] and Joshua Peace [“Survival of the Dead”]. How they perform in this one could dictate not only their future success, but obviously the overall quality of the movie itself.
After a few stinkers the past few years, Shyamalan definitely needs a slam dunk here.
From the look of the trailer, all the suspense and thriller elements are there, but who knows what else is going on here. With a name like “Devil,” you’re expecting something pretty damn scary. In all honesty, five unknown actors trapped in an elevator of a skyscraper doesn’t seem all that scary, it seems a tad boorish.
Shyamalan has proven us wrong before though.
Overall, this film may find a niche in theaters this fall, as long as the trees don’t come alive again.