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It would be very easy to pick the best performance of the month that also happens to be from the best movie of the month, i.e. Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone. But that would be too easy! There has been a certain backlash against Kristen Stewart since she took on the role of Bella Swan in the Twilight movies, I however have always been impressed with her as an actress and put her shortcomings in the glittery vampires as problems with the character not the actress. She perfectly captures the charter of Joan Jett both in attitude and emotion. So for another impressive performance from an actress who doesn’t get the credit she deserves, Kristen Stewart is my Movie Star of the Month.

 

 

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Devil

Before I attempt to review this movie I will explain my stance on its writer M. Night Shyamalan:  Like most people I didn’t see his first two movies Wide Awake (1998) and Praying with Anger (1992), I did however see The Sixth Sense (1999) like everyone else, but unlike most people I talk to I didn’t like it. To be blunt, I think it is the most overrated movie of recent years, like so many movies with twist endings it succeeds or fails by its twist. Most people I know who like it didn’t see the twist coming, I unfortunately did. Unbreakable (2000) by far the directors best movie, if you apply the same principle as above, I didn’t see the twist coming. Signs (2002), Dull boring and pointless. The Village (2004), Got some bad press and word of mouth but I actually enjoyed it mainly for the great acting by a great cast, the twist was pretty lame and very obvious though. Lady in the Water (2006) I didn’t see. The Happening (2008) I wish I hadn’t seen, everything I said about signs is also true of this movie. The Last Air bender (2010), Haven’t seen this one either.

Okay so the truth is I can’t be bothered to review this movie properly, here are a few thoughts: Five people become trapped in a lift, it quickly becomes clear that something is very wrong. A security guard watching events unfold on a security monitor believes that one of the passengers is the Devil who has taken human form. The greatest flaw of the movie is that it uses the supernatural/Satanic twist as a substitute for tension and claustrophobia. There are certain names before a that make you want to see it, “M. Night Shyamalan Presents’ nearly put me off seeing this one, I wish it had! The story is dull and contrived, I had no empathy with the characters and really didn’t care what happened to them. The direction wasn’t bad but was happened by the story and the editing.

One Star out of Five

 

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