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The Devil and M. Night Shyamalan

Posted on 06 September 2010 by TH3 No08

Devil is not a bad movie. Devil is not a bad movie. Devil is not a bad movie.

I kept telling myself this while I was watching the M. Night Shyamalan produced, John Dowdle directed, quasi horror movie. The premise is fairly unoriginal, four people trapped on an elevator, police and security watching over security cameras from a far away room, helpless to save the victims as they are one by one killed by an unseen force. No new ground broken there. The characters aren’t bad, I enjoyed Geoffry Arend of Super Troopers fame, unfortunately the part he plays is short lived. Jenny O’Hara is serviceable as the creepy old lady, as is the rest of the crew but the ultimate shortcoming in this movie is the inevitable twist. It’s a staple of the Shyamalan movie. The third act twist that comes out of nowhere to shock and amaze us at how wonderful a storyteller he is. Like most of M. Night’s recent movies the twist is ham-fisted at best, a square peg forced into the proverbial round hole. I won’t spoil the ending for anyone I’ll just say this, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before in every movie Shyamalan has ever made. So I keep telling myself, This wasn’t a bad movie, This wasn’t a bad movie, but the twist is…(pause for effect here)

It really was a bad movie.

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