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Devil (2010). Directed by John Eric Dowdle, and based on a short story by M Night Shyamalan. The film opens with a voiceover from one of the characters, telling us that he in turn was told a story as a child, and in that story the Devil would trap sinners in a confined area and turn them against each other. The story then switches to the perspective of Detective Bowden (Chris Messina) who is investigating a suicide. The body appears to have come from a building a block or two away, and as he arrives he finds out that five people are also stuck in a lift, which might be related to the suicide. Devil very much has that short story feel about it, and perhaps unsurprisingly as it's based on one. That's not a bad thing though, and the pace of the film is good, as is the writing. The cast of more or less unknowns are also good, albeit the characterisation at the start feels far too aggressive, rather than allowing a slower build of atmosphere. Ultimately the moral message is laid on a bit thick, and it's hardly complex, but I still found it an entertaining watch. Recommended for fans of suspense and horror. A charitable 4/5 (Good).

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