Reviewed by: Joseph A. Bisconti
Satan in the Bible
Is Satan a real person that influences our world today? Is he affecting you? Answer
FEAR, Anxiety and Worry… What does the Bible say? Answer
SUICIDE—What does the Bible say? Answer
If a Christian commits suicide, will they go to Heaven? Answer
How do we know the Bible is true? Answer
|Featuring:||Geoffrey Arend, Bojana Novakovic, Logan Marshall-Green, Chris Messina (Bowden), Caroline Dhavernas, Jacob Vargas, more »|
|Director:||Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle|
|Producer:||Media Rights Capital, Night Chronicles, M. Night Shyamalan, Joseph Boccia, Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle, more »|
“Five strangers trapped. One of them is not what they seem.”
Five people with unsavory pasts are mysteriously trapped in a high-rise elevator in Philadelphia: unbeknown to four of them, the fifth occupant is Satan. Unmasking him, and trying to survive all the bloody violence, both inside and outside of the elevator, keeps the characters and the audience on the edge.
Detective Bowden played by Chris Messina gives a good performance, as the detective who silently but frantically tries to figure it all out and get in before it’s too late. Ramirez, one of the security officers played by Jacob Vargas tells Detective Bowden that what is going on is really demonic, but for the moment the detective doesn’t believe it.
The name of Jesus was used only once as an expletive, “Oh… G*d” (3), and the s-word was used at least 8 times, plus *ss (4), d*mn (4), hell (3). Also, there was no nudity.
Because this movie dealt with repentance, unforgiveness and its display of how the Devil can gain a foothold through disobedience to God’s Word, I would recommend it, for these reasons only. However, because of the violence and fear, I would not recommend this movie, especially for children and families. The moral of the story is that when you go against God’s Word, you open your mind to demonic attack and control through anger, greed, unforgiveness, lust, etc. In movies such as these I would love to see believers take authority over demons as Jesus told us to in His Word.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.
I must say, my favorite part of this movie was when the devil asked the Afghan War vet (***SPOILER ALERT***) “Do you really think you can be forgiven?” Isn’t that what Satan asks each and every one of us? I almost jumped out of my seat and shouted in the middle of the theater, “YES! Yes, you CAN be forgiven!”
The amount of blood and gore (even though justifiable by plot and circumstance) might turn some Christians away. This movie is not for everyone. Paul teaches us about meat that has been sacrificed to idols. If you feel it a sin to watch movies like this, then stay away. If you feel no such compunction, then feel free to watch and be edutained. But in your liberty, don’t cause your brother, who feels it a sin, to stumble.
Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Pete, age 31 (USA)