Movie Review: Devil (2010)

December 10, 2010 in Movie Reviews by pacejmiller

Unlike most people, I still look forward to M Night Shyamalan movies — even if he just produced it and came up with the idea for the story.

Yes, Devil is neither written nor directed by Shyamalan, but it is still very much his project.  It is the first film of the Night Chronicles trilogy, which deals with supernatural themes in modern society.  Without giving too much away, it’s about a bunch of strangers who get stuck in a skyscraper elevator, and one of them may or may not be the devil.

Sounds like a gimmicky film, and it kind of is, but Devil is better than I expected considering the low budget and the narrow premise.  There is an inevitability about the progression of the plot, but I was nevertheless kept guessing until the end — and knowing Shyamalan, there is always a clever “twist” or “revelation” of some sort to look forward to.

That said, potential viewers of Devil need to keep their expectations in check, for this is really not much more than an average film backed by an intriguing idea.  My biggest problem with the film is that none of the characters felt very convincing.  The situation, the reactions and the dialogue don’t feel very authentic, and as a result the film never becomes as scary as it should be.

Nevertheless, at a tight 80-minutes, Devil is a crafty little thriller that can be enjoyable if in the right mood.

3 out of 5 stars

Update: Return to Taipei!

December 10, 2010 in Blogging, Novel, On Writing, Taiwan, Travel by pacejmiller

I’ve been a little lazy recently, and as a result the number of draft posts I have are stacking up in a hurry.

The title of this post is “Return to Taipei”, but I’ve actually already returned from Taipei for a couple of weeks already.  As with last time, I absolutely loved the 12-day trip, revisiting some of the fantastic places I enjoyed last time.

It was a bit of a whirlwind stop, so I didn’t get to do as much as I would have liked, but I do have a few posts in mind — one of them being the International Floral Expo that’s on in Taipei at the moment (I’m intending to do a “guide” of sorts for visitors), as well as a couple of new highly rated restaurants.

To spice things up a little, I’m going to mix the upcoming Taipei posts with a bunch of movies and DVDs I’ve seen lately but haven’t had time to review.  I’ve also been reading a fair bit and writing a little (outside of this blog) — but hopefully I’ll be writing a lot more as I try and finish off the first draft of my fantasy novel over this summer break.

Stay tuned!