Sunday, January 23, 2011

Devil

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Devil - 1 out of 5

Dear M. Night Shyamalan...please stop writing, producing, or directing films. It is clear that your previous films like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs were all flukes. Bits of lucky gems that were able to get you a career so you were able to provide mediocre entertainment with other films like The Village and Lady in the Water. However, despite your clear decent into mediocrity, you decided to push your luck and you created the nearly cancer-inducing crap films The Happening and The Last Airbender. And, despite the nearly negative Tomato-meter reading you received with the horrible adaptation of the cult-adored Nickelodeon cartoon, you decided to write another crappy film. However, you saved us by not directing it but you didn't save us from this piece of shit called Devil being released on society.

Unlike the fictional character the film is named after (screw you, I'm an atheist and the devil is not real), this film isn't in anyway evil or frightening. I'm more scared of stubbing my toe walking to my bed after I turn off the light at night. Like all of Shyamalan's attempts (his few good movies are not considered attempts) this movie is plagued with his usual cliches that have now become incredibly predictable to the point that I, as a viewer, am far too jaded to get any amount of joy from the film--even ironically as this film is so boring I can't even get the energy to make fun of it. And in case you're wondering, yes there is an extremely disappointed and obvious attempt at a twist at the end.

To make matters worse, this film makes no attempt at having endearing characters or even decent actors to portray them. Every character is a cardboard cut-out there to just take up space. We have the young attractive cop, a black man just trying to make it in life, the attractive bad boy, the young hot girl, the old sassy woman, a pervert yuppie, and a superstitious man who seems crazy but was right all along. Yep, that was them. In fact, I'm not even sure if they even had names.

From the very beginning of this movie, it seems like ShyamaICan'tMakeMoviesAnymore is actually TRYING to get you to forget this film as it is just slapped together haphazardly like everyone from the director to the actors to, and I'm just guessing here, but the Kraft Services people weren't trying. It was like someone threw up on some film and said, "Send this shit out to theaters. People paid to watch that piece of crap Paranormal Activity, they'll pay to see another piece of shit by the idiot who made the 'I see dead people' film." Now here's a pun to end this review...Devil should have been exorcised.

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