review done at last. Hopefully I will get a review or two done this weekend. Until then, I did watch the film Elevator (2011), a instant watch at Netflix that will soon be taken off.
An office party at an investment firm is going on. As people come in, security makes sure everyone is who they say they are, as well as on the invite list. For the most part, everyone knows someone who gets on the elevator together. There is Don (Christopher Backus) and his wife Maureen (Tehmina Sunny). Don works for the company while Maureen is a TV news reporter. Celine (Anita Briem), who works for the company as well. Martin (Devin Ratray), who also works there. George (Joey Slotnick), who is a stand-up comic that was hired for entertainment. Mohammed (Waleed Zuaiter) is on security detail in the elevator. Jane (Shirley Knight), who's husband was an investor. And then there was Henry (John Getz), the head of the company, and his granddaughter Madeline (Amanda and Rachel Pace). As they all head up to the penthouse, George starts to get real nervous since he is slightly claustrophobic. Madeline eyes the stop button, and then pushes it while looking right at George, who does notice. Now they seem to be stuck just before the 49th floor. To make matters worse, one of them lets them know that they have a bomb. To what lengths will the rest go to in order to survive?
I admit that I was a little surprised with Elevator. It isn't really a horror film, unless you are deathly afraid of elevators. It is more in line with its close cousin, the thriller.Writer Marc Rosenberg and director Stig Svendsen did an alright job with this movie. Almost the entire film is set inside the elevator, and I was surprised with some of the camera angles that we end up seeing at times. I knew of the bomb before I started watching Elevator, but I didn't know how it got there or who had it. I won't spoil it though, as it does make you think. I was actually starting to wonder if the bomb was a real thing since it takes so long for it to be revealed. While waiting, the biggest problem for the film shows up. For as long as they wait, even after informing someone that the elevator was stuck, they never hear from anyone that is supposed to be helping. Even after they know of the bomb, and tell the right people, they still don't ever hear from anyone. It was a very large stretch to think that no one would be in contact with them. They do hear from people checking up on them, like a wife or co-workers, but that isn't the same as say the building security or police. This may make or break the film for you. Well, it won't make the film for anyone, but I mean that depending on how well you let that go will determine how well you will like the film as a whole. There isn't a lot of character development, but what we do learn about some of the characters was pretty interesting at times. Some of it even adds to the already high tension.
I wasn't sure how gory of a film Elevator was going to be. With a bomb there, I wasn't sure how much would be shown, or for that matter, to what extent the passengers would go to in order to get out. As it turns out, there was only one scene that did get pretty gory. I don't want to get into what it was, not that you couldn't see it was going to happen a mile away in the film. Then there is what they decide to do towards the end of the film. It is not shown, but you get the idea just fine with what is happening just off camera. The acting wasn't too bad. I don't think most people had any problems with the actors, but more with the characters. Like George's claustrophobia seems to disappear once the greater danger comes to light. I was surprised to learn that twins played the part of Madeline. I didn't think she was in the film that much in order to have two people play the part. I'm assuming since the film takes place in a confined space, then Svendsen wanted Madeline there just in case she did end up in the shot, which I'm sure ended up being some long hours involved.
In a way I agree with people who say they came up with better ways to try and get rid of the bomb. It didn't seem like they tried very hard before going with the plan they came up with. However, it is easy to come up with ideas when you are removed from the situation and your life isn't on the line. For a film where I wasn't really expecting much out of it, Elevator turned into a fairly good film. Sure there is a major flaw in the film, but I still enjoyed it just for the things that are revealed about the characters, especially the line that Celine lets slip at just the wrong time. There is also the things that they come up with to get out. While they may not be the best ideas in the world, I felt that it was still fun. Elevator is probably off of instant watch by now, and they don't have it on DVD for some reason. If it does sound interested to you, I do hope you can track it down. Not the best film, but it was fun for me at least.
3 out of 5 Never let an evil little girl stand by the buttons
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