I wish that I could say you need a strong stomach to see Devil’s Due because it’s so disgusting and cringe-worthy that you need to leave the room before you get sick, but sadly, this is not the case. In fact, the reason you may need to look away before your popcorn repeats on you is because of the excessive and unnecessary shakiness of the handheld cameras that this found footage film consists of. There should be a warning beforehand that this movie may cause dizziness and vomiting. Because of this handheld camerawork and the awful feelings that it brings, it actually takes away from the enjoyment of watching the movie. Maybe I would have enjoyed the movie more, if I weren’t counting down the minutes until I could get some fresh air.
Nonetheless, the storyline itself isn’t anything special. It follows the found footage generic formula of conveniently having the character’s video camera rolling at the exact time something weird goes down. It seems to drag on, especially in the beginning, and I actually found it kind of boring. Nothing made me jump and there isn’t much gore. Honestly, going into the theater, I was not aware that it is a found footage type of film, and I was disappointed because the previews make the movie seem so much more intense than it really is. I expected the things that happen in the movie to be pretty bad, considering the movie opens with a quote about the anti-Christ, but I feel as if not enough crazy events happen throughout the movie to build up to the climax. Then once it reaches the climax, so much happens at once, and all of a sudden the movie is over with an open-ended closing scene.
The few special effects in the movie are cool, but there isn’t much more to say about the editing and cinematography aspects of this film. They are as good as a found footage film can get, I suppose, though, I would definitely have appreciated less vomit-inducing camera movements.
Honestly, I probably will not watch this movie again and am bummed that I spent $12 to see it at the movie theater. But hey, maybe somebody with a stronger stomach than I have will enjoy it more. This one gets a 2.5 out of 5.