The Devil Really Isn't That Bad
Shyamalan, however, did not. Although The Devil has gotten very mixed reviews, I believe it was Shyamalan's best film in years.The plot was engaging. I cared about the characters. The mystery thickened with each death and the suspense tightened with every step closer the devil took to the main characters. The plot of this film is simple. Periodically, the devil gathers a group of the damned and kills them in a public venue so people know he's still there and he still has power. In this film, the damned are gathered in an elevator to await their death. Of course, the police and the people in the elevator don't know why things are happening until it is much too late to stop the inevitable.
I'm not saying this movie was as good as The Sixth Sense, but it was certainly a turn in the right direction for a director who has promise, but has made a few mistakes.
"DEVIL is actually superior to any of Shyamalan's recent directorial outings even as it recycles themes and ideas from his earlier works."
Steve Biodrowski of Cinefantastique