OK, I think we all can agree that M. Night Shyamalan’s name is kind of mud right now. So much so that the film Devil was once being called M. Night Shyamalan’s Devil, and now it’s simply the one word. From all reports… and I do mean all reports, he colossally fucked up The Last Airbender, and despite its solid box office earnings, it’s been a critical disaster of epic proportions. Seriously, The Last Airbender is getting a Gigli-like reception. That bad.
However, Shyamalan didn’t direct Devil, he simply wrote the story. The screenplay was done by Bryan Nelson (Hard Candy), which is promising. It’s co-directed by John Erick Dowdle (the unimpressive [Rec] remake, Quarantine) and his brother Drew (this is his first picture). And I have to give the trailer a few points. It’s got a nice little “normal day until shit goes haywire” vibe to it. It’s spooky but not excessively effects-laden. It’s got a weird cast — Chris Messina (Greenberg), Bokeem Woodbine (The Big Hit) and Geoffrey Arend (the dorky hardware store guy in Garden State and the man Christina Hendricks comes home to) are the only even slightly recognizable names. It’s got a puny $10 million budget. And frankly, the premise is kind of neat:
A group of people trapped in a elevator realize that the devil is among them.
Weird. Simple. I like it. Watch the trailer:
My suspicion is that the pain of The Last Airbender is still too raw for most of you, but for me? I’m curious.
You can also watch a high-res version over at Apple.
(source: Ropes Of Silicon)