Movie Review: Devil's Due (2014)
The birth of the antichrist is nothing new to the horror genre. It’s a solid horror story that works on many levels regardless of your personal religious beliefs. Movie’s such as Rosemary’s Baby and the Omen prove that and have pretty much covered all angles. So when Devil’s Due came along nothing about it truly interested me. Sure it had the twist of being a “found Footage” film but that alone doesn’t raise enough interest to warrant it a must see film. Yet I went along and saw the movie and predictably it wasn’t very good.
The film follows a young couple Zach (Zach Gilford) and Samantha McCall (Allison Miller) who have just gotten married. We follow them to Brazil for their honeymoon where they have a grand old time. On their very last day they get an offer to go to a secret night club which they accept. After a night of drinking, they wake up back at their hotel room not quite sure how they got there. Soon after coming back home Samantha realizes she is pregnant and that’s when things start to go wrong. Her behave changes and it takes a while for Zach to realize that maybe something happened that last night in Brazil, something devilish.
The biggest problem with Devil’s Due is the same problem most found footage films have and that’s that nothing happens for the majority of the run time. Gilford and Miller have great chemistry together and they are easy to connect with at first but after watching them not do much for 40 plus minuets you start to get irritated and that’s a shame because if the script was a bit more tighter and the ending a lot less moronic this could have been a great movie.
The other smaller problems could have been over looked if the general plot of the movie was any good but at last it wasn’t so these problems are magnified. The first thing is that this is supposed to be a “found footage” movie. The concept has changed over the years and this isn’t the first movie to incorporate other video devices but if the concept of the movie is that a video was found somewhere and that what we are watching is said video, then why are there edits and a score to it? Doesn’t make much sense.
The whole telekinesis thing is anything thing that has been done a lot lately in horror films as well and it’s not very creative. Sure it looks cool but only if it’s done right, this wasn’t one of those times. I don’t quite understand why a pregnant woman with the presumed son of the devil would get magical powers all of a sudden.
Nothing about the film holds. Everything just feels as if it’s going through the motions and there is absolutely zero amount of creativity seen on screen. The only redeeming factor is that the two leads had genuinely good chemistry and held the movie along but even the world’s greatest actors couldn’t have saved this script. 2 out of 5.