The twist with his 2010 “Devil” is the narrator tells the premise from the outset. A suicide paves a path for the Devil to take human form and sport with some victims.
Of course, any time the Devil plays, there is Hell to pay.
A group of flawed humans become trapped in an elevator with the Lord of Lies in a clever disguise. Claustrophobia and paranoia prey on them while the building engineer and security staff scramble to rescue them from the situation. Within the car are actors Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, and Geoffrey Arend. Threats are leveled, music enrages, and the lights flicker and die. With the return of illumination, they find a passenger dead.
None of the players lent credence to security’s Ramirez (Jacob Vargas) and his religious foreboding. He admonishes Detective Bowden, “Everybody believes in him (the Devil) a little bit, even guys like you who pretend they don’t.” He explains, “The lies we tell ourselves introduce us to him (the Devil).”
Rescuers need rescuing and the sins of the elevator’s inhabitants become known.
John E. Dowdle directed and Brian Nelson wrote the screen play for M. Night Shyamalan’s story.
“Don’t worry,” Ramirez relates, “if the Devil is real, then God must be real, too.”