Although, the title indicates a supernatural theme, the plot is actually a mystery. Five strangers: a mechanic (Logan Marshall-Green), and old woman (Jenny O’Hara), a guard (Bokeem Woodbine), a young woman (Bojana Novakovic) and a salesman (Geoffrey Arend) are trapped in an elevator and under very suspicious circumstances, one by one they die. Those that remain start speculating each other as the possible culprit.
Then there is Detective Bowden (Chris Messina) investigating a suicide (we are told in the beginning of the film that “it begins with a suicide”). The trail leads him to the very building that the Devil is preparing to take his souls.
The film has all the classic M. Night Shyamalan style of storytelling. If you’ve seen the “6th Sense” which starred Bruce Willis then you know what I’m talking about. He teases you with the mystery until the very end by which everything becomes clear. In the same manner, the people trapped in the elevator have “sinned” and have no idea that the Devil is among them. The only person that seems to catch on quick is a security guard via CCTV (probably the one narrating).
The detective suspects that one of people stuck in the elevator could be a killer so he starts to investigate every individual. As his investigation progresses, we begin to get a glimpse into the lives of these strangers and the things that they have done. Unlike, most traditional film making, there is only a flashback to the last survivor’s ‘sin’. All the others are revealed as dialogue between the characters.
And true to Shyamalan style, the ending has a happy twist. Much like “The Happening”, this film sees a bright side at the end of all the tragedy.
If you are a Shyamalan fan or just love supernatural mysteries, then this film is a must.
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