The Devil (2010) gets up close and personal in M. Night Shyamalan’s supernatural thriller
Devil is a 2010 supernatural thriller based on a short story by M. Night Shyamalan, screenplay by Brian Nelson, and directed by John Erick Dowdle. The film is also called The Night Chronicles: Devil and is distributed by Universal Pictures.
The theme of the film is about the devil claiming souls in a modern urban setting and is inspired from the folktale “The Devils Meet” which says the Devil roams the Earth, disguised in human form, to torture the living. The film begins with a voice narrating, and telling us about the folklore.
Detective Bowden, played by Chris Messina, is assigned to investigate a suicide. His investigation leads him to a building where five strangers are about to meet for the first and last time.
The story has all the twists and turns, the detailed connection between each victim and the thrilling suspense of having an unseen antagonist.
In true Shyamalan style, we are kept guessing who the bad guy is and who would be the next victim. Unfortunately, those who would expect this film to be like Shyamalan’s other works will be disappointed.
This is because the film is directed by John Erick Dowdle.
Dowdle who directed does a great job. However, the film being based on a Shyamalan story has certain expectations and this one did not cut it.
The film also puts too much on the imagination of the audience especially when the lights go out.
It was interesting though to find the connection between the five people – all from different backgrounds – and guess who the Devil was.
Was it the mechanic, Tony (Logan Marshall-Green), who has no record of signing in at the security desk? Or is it the young woman, Sarah (Bojana Novakovic), who is a pathological liar?
Or could it be Ben (Bokeem Woodbine), the security temp with a history of violence?
Or is it the older woman, Jane (Jenny O’Hara), who is caught on camera stealing?
Could it be the sleazy mattress salesman Vince (Geoffrey Arend)?
The only way to find out is to view the movie.