Thursday, September 23, 2010
"Devil" starts Shyamalan's "Night Chronicles": another visit to Center City Philadelphia
The setup of the story reminds me of “Nine Dead” (reviewed here April 22, 2010). Although the media is billing the idea that one of them may be the Devil (or that the Devil or Diablo is somehow present), and a security guard (Ramirez, Jacob Vargas) thinks so, what really gets interesting is how the police, particularly a rather charismatic Detective Bowden (Chris Messina) get to the possibility of connections among the characters from almost no evidence. It would spoil things to say too much, but the Mechanic (Logan Marshall-Green), one of the five, starts out as a rather solid character and becomes severely tested.
The film, shot 2.35:1, remains surprisingly expansive, moving outside the stricken lift and shaft for most of its brief 80 minutes. The music score by Fernando Velázquez is effective (a bit resembling that of “Inception”) and the closing credits offer what sounds like an orchestral ballet suite (my ear picked up the key of F#-minor), much in the style of Stravinsky.
Next time let’s have a scene at the Phillies’s new ballpark (and get MLB involved, legally).
As a senior in high school, I had a chess-playing friend who called himself “Diabolitch”.
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