Monday, September 27, 2010
In this edgy thriller, Det. Bowden (Chris Messina) must not only save five people trapped in an elevator -- a mechanic (Logan Marshall-Green), a young woman (Bojana Novakovic), an old woman (Jenny O'Hara), a guard (Bokeem Woodbine) and a salesman (Geoffrey Arend) -- but he must act fast because the devil is among them. Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle direct M. Night Shyamalan's story, which explores the notion that there are no coincidences.
The movie is exactly what you think it's going to be. There are no surprises, no scares, and the acting is poor. The only thing that keeps you watching is trying to figure out who the "devil" is. Unfortunately, by the end, you don't really care anymore. Keep your expectations low for this movie.
Single location horror movies are hard to pull off, and this one is unfortunately brought down by bad dialogue, a cheesy narrator, uninteresting characters/actors, and a general lack of suspense. I liked some of the ideas here - the fact that it tried to be a morality play, for example - and the technical aspects are top notch (that's what happens when you get a master like Tak Fujimoto to shoot your movie). I know a good movie could've sprung out of this "Twilight Zone" like premise, but this isn't it.