As if things weren't bad enough when five strangers become trapped in a high-rise elevator together, they are about to get much worse when one of the passengers turns out to be the devil in disguise! What opens as a claustrophobic suspense film quickly degenerates into a trite, pretentious, and predictable shocker in 2010's DEVIL. It attempts to throw the audience off with its five suspicious characters, but the real killer is made obvious very early on. Unlike Rodrigo Cortés' brilliant camera work in BURIED, director John Erick Dowdle doesn't even attempt to do anything unique with the elevator setting that would set it apart from other similar pictures like BLACKOUT. The moralistic undertones and religious narrative both feel forceful and out of place in the story. A few passable performances are not enough to draw any interest from the viewer. DEVIL poses as intellectual Horror, but it takes more than just slow pacing and a semi-coherent plot to impress modern audiences.
If you liked DEVIL, check out:
IDENTITY, BLACKOUT, RED SANDS.