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Elevator (2011)

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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

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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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Elevador See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Quite Nice Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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George Axelrod: She just pressed the stop button.
Madeline Barton: It was an accident, grandpa.
Henry Barton: It was an accident. Say you're sorry, Madeline.
Madeline Barton: Sorry.
George Axelrod: She did it on purpose. She looked right at me then she pressed it.
Madeline Barton: You're lying!
George Axelrod: I saw you!
Madeline Barton: Liar!
George Axelrod: Evil little bitch! I know what I saw.
Henry Barton: Mr. Axelrod, you're fired.
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References Lifeboat (1944) See more »

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Surprisingly, I Enjoyed This
23 March 2013 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

"Elevator" in most respects has a pretty simple plot - almost too simple, which made me think it would be rather thoughtless. A bunch of people are stuck on an elevator - and there happens to be a bomb among them. So, the question is, can they get unstuck in time before the bomb goes off.

There's nothing complicated or pretentious here, and the movie is barebones. Except for a few minutes in both the opening and the closing, the entire movie is set on the crowded elevator. At first, they don't know there's a bomb, and you basically just watch the group dynamic among a diverse group of people who deal with being trapped in a variety of ways - from complete calm to claustrophobia. For a while I was thinking that just the story of this diverse group being stuck together could have made for an interesting study of group dynamics without the bomb, and I was wondering if introducing the bomb was necessary. The bomb actually worked surprisingly well. The whole group dynamic study was still there, but the introduction of the added tension worked very well to ratchet this up.

None of the characters were well developed, but we learn enough about them as they interact on the elevator to at least get a sense of who they are. None of the actors are major stars. The best known and most recognizable to me was probably Jerry Slotnick. That lack of a big name created more a of a composite cast and helped us focus on the group rather than on one individual within the group. There are some story points that didn't work all that well for me. The reporter beaming some video out on her cell phone seemed contrived; and the attempt to free the elevator using a small crack through which an arm could be reached had predictable results - why would anyone even try that, given that the result of any success was so obvious? All things considered though I was surprised by how watchable I found this, made even more so by its very short (1:20) run time. (7/10)


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