In Philadelphia, Detective Bowden is still grieving for his wife and son, killed in a hit-and-run five years ago. When someone jumps from a skyscraper onto a truck, Bowden is sent to investigate. Meanwhile, five strangers are trapped in an elevator in the building where the jumper committed suicide. The communication radio in the elevator is broken but the guards, Lustig and Ramirez, observe the individuals via CCTV as events unfold. Tensions run high among those trapped, so Lustig calls the police and Detective Bowden assumes the case. Without being able to contact the individuals, he tries to work out who they are, but he can only account for four of them. Time is running out for the occupants of the elevator, as Bowden realizes he has to get them out quickly.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Chris Messina and Matt Craven would later work together on HBO's Sharp Objects (2018). See more »
Initially Detective Bowden's beard is obvious and thick. Shortly afterwards, his beard is clearly not as thick as if he has shaved. See more »
When I was a child, my mother would tell me a story about how the Devil roams the Earth. Sometimes, she said, he would take human form so he could punish the damned on Earth before claiming their souls. The ones he chose would be gathered together and tortured as he hid amongst them, pretending to be one of them. I always believed my mother was telling me an old wives' tale.
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Upside down shots from a helicopter of a city as the opening credits roll. See more »
I remember going to see this in the cinema when it was released in the UK. For me, at the time I wasn't really a big fan of horror/thriller movies as they just didn't have me on the edge of my seat and wondering what's going on. The story kept me on edge trying to guess which one was the devil with the story from the opening monologue about the suicide and then those becoming trapped.
This playing in with the multiple deaths over the timing of the film had you guessing who it was going to be and then when you found out you were in shock as it wasn't who you thought. All of it tied together for all the characters too played a brilliant story out on the screen and M Night Shyamalan can be proud of the film he created.
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