Wednesday, 13 July 2011



Five people trapped in a lift. The devil is amongst them.

This one is served up from M Night Shyamalan who has a writing and screenplay credit, leaving directing duties to John Dowdle. I am not sure if having M Night Shyamalan’s name on it is an audience draw anymore as plenty of his recent projects have been on the verge of terrible.

Back to the lift and what plays out is a tense, gripping, well made piece of film. You know what is going to happen, you know who is going to be the last man standing and who is going to be possessed before they have reached the first floor. But actually that is what makes it.

You have seen this film time and time again. You have seen it done better, but you have certainly seen it done a lot worse. It will make you jump on occasion, it’ll make you squirm a little, and it won’t give you any reason to call it a ‘bad’ film. There will be no Oscars handed out here, but it is a fun, easy watch.

One point of note – which some people may appreciate – it is very very short. Cut out the credit time and I think the action runs at something like 72 minutes…barely a feature film by my clock. If I’d paid to watch it I may be asking for a few quid back.


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