Video Review & Discussion: The Dowdle Bros' Thriller 'Devil'
by Alex Billington
September 19, 2010
I decided to see the Dowdle Brothers' new film Devil, produced and conceived by M. Night Shyamalan, this weekend as I thought the concept was quite intriguing and I was very curious to check it out. I actually enjoyed it, maybe because I'm a sucker for these kind of concepts and Shyamalan's dark, twisted stories, but it wasn't perfect by any means, especially the screenplay itself, which was actually written by Brian Nelson (of Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night). I really wanted to discuss my feelings on the film after, so I recorded a video blog with Jordan Raup from The Film Stage talking about Devil that you can watch directly below.
Devil was produced on an estimated $10 million budget, which is quite low, as the first film in Shyamalan's The Night Chronicles series of thrillers. I loved that ominous #1 at the beginning of the movie after the Night Chronicles tag and I'm interesting in seeing the concepts/stories for the two other flicks in this series. I had a few complaints with the script and movie overall, but I think it's a solid film, enjoyable to watch and I liked the darker aspects the Dowdle Brothers played with (like the pitch black moments). I doubt everyone will like this as much as I did, but I'm curious to hear other opinions on it. Anyone else see Devil, too?