“Devil” Review

 

Devil (2010)

‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour’ (Peter 5:8).

In ‘Devil’, five strangers, all with dark secrets to hide, are trapped in an elevator of an inner-city office building. As they await their rescue, they start to die one by one in a mysterious way. ‘Devil’ belongs to the genre of films which is my favourite –  the so-called “confined spaces” or “single location” films. From the screen adaptations of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ (1945), (1974) to ‘Cube’ (1997), ‘Identity (2003), ‘Fermat’s Room’ (2007) and ‘Exam’ (2009), these type of films are often intriguing and engaging, often solely thanks to the strength of well-defined personalities portrayed and the fascinating interactions among them.

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“Identity” Review

Identity (2003)

As I was walking up the stairs, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today; I wish, I wish he’d go away.”

Ten strangers: a family of three, a limo driver, a film star, a call girl, a police officer, a convict and a troubled newly-wed couple, get stranded at a remote motel in the Nevada desert on a stormy night. Each of them has a dark secret to hide. When gruesome murders begin to take place at the motel, and the newcomers are killed one by one in a sinister fashion, they soon realise that their encounter is less coincidental than they might have originally assumed. In the background to these events, there is also a post-conviction death penalty meeting taking place, the centre of which is a man called Malcolm Rivers, a mentally-disturbed serial killer. Although at first the movie may appear confusing, all the movie events inevitably lead to a logical, well thought-out and fascinating finale.

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