I definitely went into this movie with mediocre expectations. Part of the draw was supposed to be “from the producer of Signs!” (meh) and as the opening credits rolled, I saw that it was written by M. Night Shyamalan. I expected an okay movie with some kind of twist ending (I was half right). I was also surprised with the fact that it starred Chris Messina (who I know best from The Mindy Project but also The Giant Mechanical Man), and I am KIND OF in love with him. Just a bit (but mostly as Danny Castellano).
The movie was pretty great. It kept you on the edge of your seat, had some entertaining dialogue, and it definitely did have a couple of twist endings (one was somewhat predictable, in my opinion, but the other was pretty great). There was also quite a few religious references — I suppose you can’t have a movie about the devil without them — which I didn’t mind, but I can see how it would turn some people off. I didn’t think they were distracting at all, and they added to the story. I much preferred it being the devil and not just some random spirit or entity. It also touched on morality and repentance… again, hard not to.
Overall, I enjoyed it. Fit right in with our Halloween-themed movie month. 🙂 I’d give it 7.4 stars!
Devil (2010) | Directed by John Erick Dowdle | Written by Brian Nelson (screenplay) & M. Night Shymalan (story) | Music by Fernando Velazquez | Starring Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, Geoffrey Arend, Jacob Vargas, Matt Craven | 7.4 stars