Tuesday, 21 September 2010
M. Night Shyamalan (the Sixth Sense, Lady In The Water) wisely leaves directorial duties to someone else in this first installment of "The Night Chronicles".
Five people trapped in a lift (elevator) and one of them is The Devil in human form. Simple premise and pretty easy to guess who The Devil is too but this isn't half as bad as Night's other recent films, Lady In The Water and The Happening, both of which were awful.
The five strangers all have sinister secrets which are gradually revealed, The Devil hasn't chosen his victims at random. Watching the action on cctv is Detective Bowden (Chris Messina) and he too is there for a reason.
It all comes together nicely without ever cranking up the frights or tension, it's a film more suited to tv than cinema but hopefully it signals the beginning of a return to form for Shyamalan who really seemed to have lost his way.
Ric's Rating: 54%