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Elevator (2011)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 20 January 2012 (Norway)
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Racism collides with corporate greed when nine strangers - one of whom has a bomb - become trapped in a Wall Street elevator.

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Stig Svendsen

Writer:

Marc Rosenberg
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Backus ... Don Handley
Anita Briem ... Celine Fouquet
John Getz ... Henry Barton
Shirley Knight ... Jane Redding
Michael Mercurio ... The Bombmaker
Amanda Pace ... Madeline Barton
Rachel Pace ... Madeline Barton
Devin Ratray ... Martin Gossling
Joey Slotnick ... George Axelrod
Tehmina Sunny ... Maureen
Waleed Zuaiter ... Mohammed
Gary Ambrosia ... Lt. Carson
Luis Jose Lopez ... Party Security (as Luis Lopez)
Narbe Mansourian Narbe Mansourian ... Don's Assistant
Daniel Berge Halvorsen ... Reporter
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Racism collides with corporate greed when nine strangers - one of whom has a bomb - become trapped in a Wall Street elevator.

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Nine people stuck on an elevator. One has a bomb. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Quotes

Don Handley: I can't reach it! I can't reach it!
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References Lifeboat (1944) See more »

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Remember It's Not A Blockbuster Or A Horror Movie
5 March 2014 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

A diverse group of people take an elevator to a corporate event . Due to the actions of the spoiled granddaughter of the company boss the lift becomes stuck . What may on the surface seem like a torturous inconvenience ends up becoming mortal peril for the group when it's revealed that one of the guests is carrying a bomb

I'm slightly at a loss why ELEVATOR isn't held in slightly higher regard by my peers on this website . I watched it on the British Horror Channel and may be this is the problem ? If you're coming in to this movie expecting graphic violence , torture porn and the like you're going to be very disappointed because this is not a movie for hardcore gore hounds . Instead ELEVATOR is a low budget minimalist indie type thriller where people find a bad situation turn far worse than they expected . It's almost a very good film . Almost

" Hey Theo you said almost . Out with it . What's on your mind ? "

I don't know if it's down to my recent marathon short film sessions along with seeing the occasional independent film like THE PERFECT HOST but there is an off beat quirky nature to many of the movies I've reviewed recently and ELEVATOR starts off in the exact same vein with the characters being introduced and the pivotal character is George Axelrod , a vulgar smart ass comedian who has the displeasure of both being stuck in a life and being stuck in a lift with a ten year old spoilt brat and other people he doesn't like . He shows signs of misanthropy and despite never being in the same league as Christopher Hitchens when it comes to abrasive put downs George shoots from the lip and you can buy this guy existing in the real world and not just in a movie . I would have liked to have seen more of George becoming more frustrated with the situation and his fellow captives become more frustrated at him

Unfortunately because this film is about a time bomb in a lift and not misanthrope reminds himself why he hates people the film centres around who is the bomber and what can they do to stop the bomb exploding . There is some blood and violence but remember this is not a horror film and perhaps more importantly this isn't a massive blockbuster from a major Hollywood studio so there's no mock heroics from some pretty boys , no stunt work and no CGI which means a lot of people will find it somewhat lacking in excitement . As it stands ELEVATOR is more than adequate but I would have liked it more if had stayed a quirky off beat drama instead moving in to thriller territory


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (Norway) See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,221
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2.35 : 1
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