US (dir. Drew & John Erick Dowdle)
Cast: Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Bojana Novakovic, Jenny O’Hara, Geoffrey Arend, Bokeem Woodbine, Jacob Vargas, Matt Craven, Joshua Peace, Caroline Dhavernas, Joe Cobden, Zoie Palmer, Vincent Laresca, Rudy Webb, Craig Eldridge, Robert Lee, Genadijs Dolganovs, Joe Pingue, Michael Rhoades, Kelly Jones, Lee Oliveira, Jonathan Potts, Alice Poon, Stacy Chbosky, Jay Hunter
Synopsis: Trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia, five people discover that the Devil is among them – and no one can escape their fate.
Review: Ever sat in a movie theater during a preview for a horror film and heard a large groan when a trailer would boldly proclaim it was for a film by “M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN“? That groan is likely coming from someone not unlike me… someone sick and tired of hearing about yet another disastrous attempt by Shyamalan to make a film. Seriously though, who keeps green-lighting this guy’s projects? Is he still riding on the name he made for himself after “The Sixth Sense”? I mean, come on, the last good film this guy made was “Unbreakable”, and now after a string of flops ranging from “Signs” to… *shudder* “The Happening” you’d think this one-trick pony would quietly shuffle off to the stable or something. The Shyamalan name being attached to a film is now becoming more of a joke than any serious hook – in fact, if anything, it’s now become more of a warning or a threat than it is an indicator of a good film. Naturally, having Shyamalan’s name attached to “Devil”, even if only in the capacity of producer, is still more of a deterrent than a promise of solid entertainment. I avoided “Devil” as best I could, especially with the warning that he was responsible for the story the screenplay was based on (I’m so sick of his “twist” endings). Eventually however, with little else to watch on a cozy New Year’s Eve night, I figured, “Ahhh what the fuck, let’s give’r a go”.