I\'ve been watching films since I was a child. So, I\'ve seen many masterpieces and forgettable attempts, and those down the middle. This film is shorter than most (like \"Marty\" or \"The Limey\"), and it appears that the director was attempting to parallel the actual timeframe of the folks trapped in the claustraphobic elevator, and no time to waste to get them out.. The old saying \"to copy someone (Agatha Chrisitie, in this case) is a compliment is the best form of flattery\" is true in the plot of \"Devil.\" I liked this taut thriller. I guessed the plot early and \"who or what dun it\" as I had in \"Gosford Park.\" I\'m not a blood-n-gore type of guy, so when that irrelevant stuff is kept to a minimum, I can focus on the qualities of the film. The camera angles in the opening credits (like the horrible Gus Van Sant \"Psycho\" starring Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche word-for-word (in most of the film) remake) would have made Alfred Hitchcock proud, though I wish more dizzying things had happened (e.g. begininng suicide, make it like the death of Craig Wasson\'s one character (he had dual brother roles) in \"Ghost Story\"). This tight film could have been set in a train car (\"The Lady Vanishes,\" \"Horror Express,\" or \"The Incident\") about folks taking a special express city train (a TV robbery film from the \'80s comes to mind). But, I digress. The five elevator passengers are your stereotypical urbanites. Their interaction is common amongst current culture, until things unravel and the cliche \"plot thickens,\" then their actions become fear primeval (Catherine Deneuve \"Repulsion;\" Shirley Eaton version \"Ten Little Indians\"). I would have used a greater presence of the color red (\"Devil\") significance in the elevator scene and the lobby (though the oversized black/gray abtract painting may have had some catastrophic rellevance), since red is important . Suggestions: large ruby ring on rich girl, or red or striped scarf, and a red Victoria\'s Secret bra; the old woman\'s red hair didn\'t count (for me), how about a red blazer or a red apple brooch (to reference the significant Adam & Eve & the Serpent \"Don\'t Sit Under the Apple Tree\" elevator music that drones on); the young guy could have had a red folder, hoodie, or sneakers, or car magazine (a plot teaser). The audience (except me) is kept wondering right to the end: who or where is the Devil amonst the passengers (Kim Novak TV film \"Satan\'s Triangle\")? I think that\'s why this film appealed to me: short, crisp, Twilight Zone-like, the old wives tale (maybe without the peanut butter & jelly sandwich scene), and the Matt Dillon & Thandie Newton version of \"Crash\" \"Six Degrees of Separation\" subplot. The music was spot on, too! The best line: \"Damn. I wanted you so badly.\"; this could have been used in \"Gone With the Wind\" by Ashley, Scarlett, Melanie, or Rhett, or the Tarleton brothers!!!! See \"Devil\" for yourself.