This is a movie review of an older film called Devil which was distributed from Universal Pictures. The film is directed by John Erick Dowdle, whose more successful credit prior to Devil, was 2008’s Quarantine with Jennifer Carpenter.
The cast of Devil included Chris Messina (Like Crazy, Greenberg) who played Detective Bowden; Logan Marshall-Green was the mechanic in the elevator. You might recognize Logan from his stint in Dark Blue or Day 4 of Fox’s 24 or the movie Brooklyn’s Finest.
Then there’s Jenny O’Hara (How to Make Love to a Woman) as the Old Woman in the elevator. Bojana Novakovic played the insecure young woman trapee. You may remember her from Edge of Darkness or Drag Me to Hell or glimpsed her in Seven Pounds.
Other cast included the ever-recognizable Bokeem Woodbine (Black Dynamite; on TV in Saving Grace; Upcoming movie remake of Total Recall) as the new guard.
And the salesman was played by Geoffrey Arend (Body of Proof; Peep World, (500) Days of Summer).
Devil starts with a monologue about the Devil and when he needs to show up. We then slide into a crime scene, a rather interesting crime scene where two detectives are investigating a jumper, aka possible suicide. But where the jumper landed and the absence of any tall buildings near him make it a curious case. At least at the start.
We then watch several people get into an elevator. On the way up, it gets stuck. And it gets interesting from there on out.
The crime scene draws the cops to a very tall office building where their potential jumper came from. The same building our ill-fated elevator is in. As the elevator becomes stuck, the detectives are drawn into this situation as well.
And it goes from there folks. It’s a small space in the elevator. But there’s great scene spacing between the confines of the elevator full of stuck souls and the outside world where the detectives are working on their jumper case and the exterior sub-plots of the building maintenance crews working on the stuck elevator. Then all the stories come together slowly but surely as it all comes back to the occupants of the elevator.
To be honest with you, despite the dour reviews I had heard about Devil, I didn’t think it was all that bad. Sure, I’m glad I didn’t dump money on it at the movie theater, but it was still an acceptable rental and entertaining enough for me to say you don’t have to run from it if it pops up on your TV set, cable box, pay movie channel.