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PostSubject: Devil 电梯里的恶魔   Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:11 am





Devil (also known as The Night Chronicles: Devil) is a 2010 U.S. supernatural thriller film based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan, written by Brian Nelson, and directed by John Erick Dowdle. The film was released on September 17, 2010, and is the first of The Night Chronicles trilogy,[2] which involves the supernatural within modern urban society. Devil opened at the number three spot in the box office opening weekend, taking in a total of $12 million.


Plot

The film begins with a voice over from a man named Ramirez (Jacob Vargas) who tells the viewers of stories that his mother had told him as a child that sometimes the Devil actively seeks out individuals who have sinned on Earth, and while taking human form he traps these individuals in a confined place only to turn them against each other, to kill them off one at a time. He further explains that the last one to die will die in front of his or her loved one to make cynics of them all, and in the end all will die. He says that the signs are set in motion with a suicide, as that is when the Devil first makes his presence known. This story is abruptly interrupted by a violent suicide of a man who had fallen from the thirty-fifth floor of an office building, causing the truck he landed on to roll silently away from the scene.
Detective Bowden (Chris Messina) is a recovering alcoholic who is assigned to the case of the suicide. He later explains that the reason for his alcoholism was the hit and run death of his wife and toddler son five years prior. When he investigates the suicide, he determines that the truck originated from an office building down the block from where the victim was found. Meanwhile, five strangers board an elevator, which becomes stuck between floors just shortly after starting up to the upper floors. The five don't introduce themselves right away, but when security finds them, they notice that other than the CCTV and a radio which they can communicate into the elevator, they have no way of hearing the passengers in return. Bowden is in the area at the time of the call about the elevators and takes the investigation as it is the same building from which suicide had been committed. Ramirez is revealed to be one of the security guards and is disturbed by an image of what looks like a screaming face frozen on the video monitor that flashes away. His boss Lustig (Matt Craven) dismisses the superstitious suspicions and sends repair technician Dwight to investigate the elevators while Bowden tries to ascertain the identities of the individuals. Only four of the five are accounted for: Vince McCormick (Geoffrey Arend), a sleazy mattress salesman known for investments and frauds; Sarah Caraway (Bojana Novakovic), the wife of a rich man who is a pathological liar and plans to leave her husband with the money; Ben Larson (Bokeem Woodbine), a temporary security guard with a history of violence; Jane Kowski (Jenny O'Hara), an older woman who is seen on video cameras to be a thief, and another man who later introduces himself as Tony (Logan Marshall-Green), who does not appear to have signed in at the security desk.
Things turn from strange to frightening when there is a freak power outage in the elevator, and Sarah is wounded with what appears to be a bite. All suspicion is turned on Vince who has been dodgy since the ride began, however there is another power failure and Vince is thrown into the mirror only to have his jugular vein sliced, the others watch in horror as he writhes and dies, forcing Bowden to consider this a murder scene. Dwight attempts to rappel down the elevator shaft via a pulley to try and fix the elevator, but Ramirez says that the Devil would stop any attempts to help his victims, and Dwight's strap comes loose when he is knocked over by a flock of birds and plummets to the roof of the elevator. The power goes out again. When it comes back, Jane is found hanging high off the floor, dead, causing both Sarah and Ben to accuse Tony of these malicious acts while Tony swears his innocence. Lustig goes to investigate the power in the basement while Ramirez tells Bowden about the story of the Devil incarnate on Earth. Lustig finds a loose power cable that appears to be what sabotaged the elevators, but he is electrocuted trying to fix the issue. Bowden finds a set of tools that Tony had brought in and suspects he might be responsible for the elevator damage. However, he wonders if Ben might have been possibly hired to kill Sarah by her husband to keep her from leaving him broke. However Ben is the victim of the next blackout, his neck is twisted around grotesquely. Sarah and Tony face off with each other, but ultimately decide that a fight wouldn't be worth it and lower their weapons, there is a sudden blackout and Sarah's throat is cut. As she dies in his arms, a woman claiming to be Tony's fiancee reveals that Tony's last name was "Jankowski," thus eliminating the possibility of the old woman's name being Jane Kowski.
As they realize this the old woman rises up, revealing herself to be the Devil. Tony tries to bargain with her to save Sarah's life and sacrifice his own; she scoffs at this, having revealed she'd kill him anyway. In a last, desperate plea for forgiveness, Tony, using a radio, confesses to a hit and run five years earlier - while drunkenly reaching for beer in his car, he smashed into and killed a woman and her child. Bowden realizes that Ramirez was right having being meant to be the audience to this. The Devil, powerless now that Tony has repented of his sin, curses before vanishing, and the elevator comes back on line, leaving Tony the only survivor. Bowden offers to take Tony into custody for the confession, and while en route, informs him who he is. But despite saying he'd gone over what he'd say, or what he would do if they'd ever cross paths, he forgives Tony.
The film ends with Ramirez, in a voice-over, telling the audience that his mother always reassured him at the end of her stories, "If the Devil is real, then God must be real too."
[edit]Cast

Chris Messina as Detective Bowden
Logan Marshall-Green as Anthony "Tony" Janekowski
Jenny O'Hara as Jane Kowski
Bojana Novakovic as Sarah Caraway
Bokeem Woodbine as Ben Larson
Geoffrey Arend as Vince McCormick
Jacob Vargas as Ramirez
Matt Craven as Lustig
Joshua Peace as Detective Markowitz
Joe Cobden as Dwight
Caroline Dhavernas as Elsa Nahai



译 名 电梯里的恶魔/升降凶间(港)/恶灵电梯(台) 片 名 Devil
  年 代 2010
  国 家 美国
  类 别 恐怖/神秘/惊悚
  语 言 英语
  字 幕 N/A
  IMDB评分 6.6/10 (7,007 votes)
  片 长 80Mins
  导 演 德鲁·道达尔 Drew Dowdle
  剪 辑:Elliot Greenberg
  约翰·埃里克·道达尔 John Erick Dowdle
  主 演 克里斯·梅西纳 Chris Messina ....Detective Bowden
  罗根·马歇尔-格林 Logan Marshall-Green ....Mechanic
  博基姆·伍德拜因 Bokeem Woodbine ....Guard
  Jenny O'Hara ....Old Woman
  Bojana Novakovic ....Young Woman
  吉奥弗瑞·阿伦德 Geoffrey Arend ....Salesman
  贾克波·瓦格斯 Jacob Vargas ....Ramirez
  马特·克拉文 Matt Craven ....Lustig
  Joshua Peace ....Detective Markowitz
  卡洛琳·达芙娜 Caroline Dhavernas ....Elsa Nahai
  Joe Cobden ....Dwight
  Zoie Palmer ....Cheryl
  Vincent Laresca ....Henry
  Rudy Webb ....Old Janitor
  Craig Eldridge ....Donnelly



剧情介绍
  五个陌生人搭乘同一座电梯上楼,不想,半途电梯故障,将他们困在中间。先是其中一人遭受袭击,其后猜疑、争斗相伴而生…… 电梯里的恶魔剧照(14张)
  影片开始于一个平凡的早晨,克里斯·梅西纳、吉奥弗瑞·阿伦德、博基姆·伍德拜因、卡洛琳·达芙娜、伯亚娜·诺瓦科维奇扮演的五人搭乘同一座电梯上楼,不想,半途电梯故障,将他们困在中间。先是其中一人遭受袭击,其后猜疑、争斗相伴而生……究竟是谁挑起的争端?这五个人中究竟谁是伪装成人类的恶魔?
  本片的故事出自M·奈特·沙马兰的构想,从预告片看也颇有点沙马兰早年作品的味道,冷冰冰的味道以及神秘力量的侵入将故事引向未知结局的框架,都是其标签式的元素。影片开始于一个平凡的早晨(预告片开头处城市倒转的画面非常新奇有趣),克里斯·梅西纳、吉奥弗瑞·阿伦德(《和莎莫的500天》那个怪头怪脑家伙竟然也能演严肃的角色)、博基姆·伍德拜因、卡洛琳·达芙娜、伯亚娜·诺瓦科维奇搭乘同一座电梯上楼,不想,半途电梯故障,将他们困在中间。先是其中一人遭受袭击,其后猜疑、争斗相伴而生……究竟是谁挑起的争端?这五个人中究竟谁是伪装成人类的恶魔?目前我们只知道那名保安是“The Chosen One”,他被选中来保护其他人。
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一句话评论

  没错,你所熟悉的那个《灵异第六感》的导演又回来了,这次他贡献出了一个精彩绝伦的故事。
  ——《综艺》
  故事比想象的精彩,而且不会让观众觉得枯燥。
  ——《芝加哥论坛报》
  故事噱头十足,但揭晓的答案实在乏善可陈。
  ——《纽约邮报》
  虽然后半段显得过于草率,但观众还是会被吓到,总体而言,是一部合格娱乐的恐怖片!
  ——《今日美国》
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幕后制作

  密室里的勾心斗角
   六年前,一部《电锯惊魂》曾经让沉寂多时的密室类恐怖片重新走上银幕,而随后翻拍经典恐怖片则成为了各大电影公司制作恐怖电影的一个不二法门,在鲜有原创故事出现的恐怖领域里,M·奈特·沙马兰的作品则成为了一大亮点。从《灵异第六感》开始,奉行了多年神秘主义的M·奈特·沙马兰拍摄了多部恐怖惊悚片,对于《电梯里的恶魔》这部自己亲身撰写剧本并担任制片的电影,M·奈特·沙马兰说道:“这个故事是在一个非常极端的情况下发生的惊悚题材电影,他来源于我对电梯的恐惧,我有幽闭恐惧症,特别害怕电梯这样的东西,所以在每次不得已搭乘电梯的时候,我心里总会有一种接下来会发生一些不好的事情的预感,我将这种多年来构思出的‘电梯恐怖事件’写成了《电梯里的恶魔》的故事。我相信每一个在电梯里遇到发生故障的人都会有和我一样的恐惧,中途停下来,接着不知道什么时候才能打开电梯,你又害怕电梯突然下降,如果是半夜里,你拍打电梯门,大吵大闹,都不会有人理你,接着你安静下来,你会听到电梯上下的空间里传来许多匪夷所思的声音……我把这些元素都放到了这部电影里。”
  要成功的制作一部讲述封闭空间里的故事长片有着相当大的难度,尤其是选择电梯这样狭小封闭的环境,究竟能够在这几平方米的空间里如何吸引观众90分钟,M·奈特·沙马兰说道:“我对这一点并不担心,观众同样会好奇一个关于电梯的故事应该怎么讲才能说足一个多钟头,其实这并不难,这部电影分为两个角度来叙述,一部分是描述困在电梯里的几个乘客,另一部分是描述电梯外面如何对他们进行施救。故事的重心自然是放在第一部分里,这是观众关心的重点,他们在这个电梯里究竟遇到了什么?事实上,这也是影片里施救人员的一个疑问,抱歉,我不能对故事透露太多,但观众其实是和施救人员站在一起,去探索电梯里发生的事件的真相。在这个角度,观众能看到更多的东西,事实上获得的恐惧也更多,因为困在电梯里的几个乘客,并不清楚究竟发生了什么事情,而当观众彻底明白的时候,你会比乘客们更加的害怕。”
  新晋导演的好莱坞秀
   M·奈特·沙马兰曾经执导过《灵异第六感》《天兆》《神秘村》等叫好叫座的电影,但近年来的《水中女妖》《灭顶之灾》的评价均不及预期,试图转型的《最后的风之子》也在评价上相当差劲,对于这种情形,M·奈特·沙马兰并不讳言:“也许我和观众对影片的理解出现了一些问题,我没能把观众想看的那种故事展现出来,《水中女妖》是我花了很多心思去构思的一个故事,但那部电影我现在来看,也觉得确实存在不少问题。也许我对惊悚片的理解并不够完善,所以这次我选择由其他导演来拍摄《电梯里的恶魔》,我希望能够采用这种全新的制作团队和工作关系,来改善现在的局面。本片的两位导演都是拍摄这种封闭空间恐怖片的能手,他们对故事的见解让我非常惊奇,所以我很放心的把故事交由他们来执导。”
  《电梯里的恶魔》的导演是德鲁·道达尔和约翰·埃里克·道达尔,两兄弟在2008年根据西班牙恐怖片《死亡录像》翻拍成了《隔离区》,取得了不错的票房,这次受M·奈特·沙马兰提携,执导《电梯里的恶魔》,德鲁·道达尔对影片的基调说道:“《电梯里的恶魔》完全是靠演员的互动来产生出恐怖氛围的一部电影,在电梯那样狭小的空间里,角色们会说出很多的话,来缓解紧张的情绪,事实上,那些话却让整个气氛更加悸动,所以演员是本片的一个重点。M·奈特·沙马兰希望本片有一种焦虑和烦躁不安的基调,就是那种一群人困在一个地方,拼命想出去却发现没办法出去,接着互相猜忌的过程,他是一个喜欢在电影里探讨人性的导演,而我也非常接受这样的风格,所以这部电影,我们和Mo奈特o沙马兰非常愉快。”
  《电梯里的恶魔》里参演的演员众多,克里斯·梅西纳、吉奥弗瑞·阿伦德、博基姆·伍德拜因、卡洛琳·达芙娜和伯亚娜·诺瓦科维奇是这次电梯事故里不幸的乘客,除此之外还有乔舒华·皮斯、马特·克拉文等“场外观众”,对于这部电影的角色的安排,约翰·埃里克·道达尔对分析如下:“《电梯里的恶魔》是一部群像电影,没有绝对的主角,每个人的戏份都差不多,而且有很多的群戏。这部电影里最大的悬念是电梯里究竟发生了什么,而真凶又是谁,我们把这个谜底埋在了影片的某一个地方,之前我们还在剧本里卖了一个小小的关子,几位演员都不知道真正的结局,所以他们演起来的感觉也很好,因为就连扮演‘胜利者’的那个演员都不知道自己在片中的身份,每个角色都会和观众一起寻找答案。这种真实感,我相信会感染到看这部电影的每一个观众。”
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花絮

  ·《电梯里的恶魔》是M·奈特·沙马兰自《灵异第六感》之后首次将自己写的剧本交由他人执导,而原因是M·奈特·沙马兰执导《最后的风之子》分身乏术。
  ·同时,《电梯里的恶魔》也是M·奈特·沙马兰自《不死劫》之后首次担任非自己执导电影的制片人。
  ·本片原定2010年万圣节上映,但最后调整至9月17日。
  ·本片预告片中的宣传词“这困在电梯中的五个人,其中一个并不是人类,虽然他伪装成人类”,由M·奈特·沙马兰亲自撰写。
  ·本片原定片名为“The Night Chronocles:Devil”,但最后M·奈特·沙马兰觉得这个片名太过臃肿,而改成了最终言简意赅的“Devil”。


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