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A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.

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John Erick Dowdle

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Brian Nelson (screenplay), M. Night Shyamalan (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Messina ... Detective Bowden
Logan Marshall-Green ... Mechanic
Jenny O'Hara ... Old Woman
Bojana Novakovic ... Young Woman
Bokeem Woodbine ... Guard
Geoffrey Arend ... Salesman
Jacob Vargas ... Ramirez
Matt Craven ... Lustig
Joshua Peace ... Detective Markowitz (as Josh Peace)
Caroline Dhavernas ... Elsa Nahai
Joe Cobden ... Dwight
Zoie Palmer ... Cheryl
Vincent Laresca ... Henry
Rudy Webb Rudy Webb ... Old Janitor
Craig Eldridge Craig Eldridge ... Donnelly
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Storyline

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

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On any ordinary day, our lives are filled with chance encounters and random events. But today everything happens for a reason. This fall, one of these five people is not who they appear to be. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images, thematic material and some language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Ukrainian | Spanish

Release Date:

17 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,289,375, 19 September 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,583,175, 14 November 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,695,489, 4 August 2012
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

The Mechanic opens the roof hatch on the elevator to help calm down the Guard since he is claustrophobic. However these hatches are always locked from the outside, the point of the hatch is not to allow passengers to get out in an emergency but to allow rescue personnel into the elevator. The last thing emergency personnel want in this situation is panicked passengers climbing around on top of the elevator or even worse trying to climb around inside the elevator shaft. See more »

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[first lines]
Ramirez: [voiceover] 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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Soundtracks

DON'T SIT UNDER THE APPLE TREE
Written by Lew Brown, Sam H. Stept, Charles Tobias
Performed by The Bone Bird and the Dock Flock Brass
Courtesy of Alanna Records
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Satisfying
3 October 2010 | by beatleblackSee all my reviews

Maybe 7 out of 10 is generous but I mark it highly perhaps because I had such low expectations which were thankfully unnecessary.

This film's credits open with the title The Night Chronicles 1 which suggests to me his fan-boy homage to Spielberg has stretched to emulating the guru's Amazing Stories phase. This film does feel rather like one of those episodes rather than a full-blown movie: no stars, little location etc.

However, as a story, it's rather good (suspension of disbelief taken for granted).

And, it's rather well handled directorially. For instance, the upside-down sklyline speaks volumes without costing any extra.

The film is ultimately a whodunnit. Maybe I'm stupid but come betting slip time, I didn't get it. If you do, you may hate it. I didn't so I don't. Besides, I haven't seen this Christian propaganda in a while & it made me kinda nostalgic for those Omen days.


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