September 23, 2010

I remember when I worked at a movie theater. It was hell. It often felt like a devil loomed over my shoulder creating days of complete fuck that made the Devil laugh with a shit eating grin. Sometimes, when I had to take the elevator, I would just hope that it would suddenly stop. I'd pray to a God I often don't believe in that somehow that elevator would completely fuck up and I would be stuck in there for hours, unable to carry out my duties as movie theater employee. It never happened but Devil sorta reminds me of that fantasy.

Devil is the story of five strangers picked to live in an elevator, well at least live a little while. It's just another day at the office building...people come, people go. A random group of five people meet up in an elevator and one is the devil know, your average day in corporate America. The elevator stops working and your stuck with four other strangers. You can't communicate to the outside world and only the security guards, and eventually some cops, can watch and speak to you. The elevator is closed off and, for the five people inside, it truly becomes their whole world.

The elevator is like a diorama of the world. Remember those lame ass dioramas you built in grade school, I hope I wasn't the only one doing that dumb shit. You take a shoe box without the cover and you build a little scene inside, with some figures and foliage and shit, and then cover the open side with saran wrap. Then you show it to Mrs. Fuckknowshername and she grades you on it. Think of this elevator in Devil as a diorama of society made by God, or maybe the Devil. The only difference in this diorama to the actual society it represents is that there is no law and order here. The Devil lives in this type of place. For the Devil, it's always about every man for himself. In Satanism, the belief is that every man should think of himself over everyone else. We can see this play out in the elevator. Every character acts only for himself while in the elevator. I guess you could say it's way satanic dude!

We learn as the film progresses that the characters are all criminals. So they have lived only thinking of themselves even before entering the elevator, they have all been living in the path of the Devil. The reason the one guy gets off is because he chooses the righteous path. He admits his sins, asks for forgiveness, and the Devil can't take him because he now lives in the path of God.

For a movie written by M. Night Shyamalan it really didn't have many twists, at least none that were very surprising. As the audience, we already don't trust anyone in that elevator so when the truth comes forth about each of them it isn't very surprising at all. I guess the biggest "surprise" at the very end isn't very surprising either. It's something that they "would have done", its expected. I do have to say though that everyone in the elevator did a pretty good job at making their character both innocent and guilty at the same time. They are each playing both the good and bad guy at once.

The movie was decent. I can't say I loved it or point out anything that got my whistle wet, but I stayed interested and it kept me thinking. It's nothing memorable and it's nothing noteworthy but, while I still wouldn't recommend it, it wasn't horrible either. I guess that's all I can ask for from a mediocre movie. This movie gets an A++ for mediocrity and if its mediocrity you seek, you shall find it in Devil.

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