Devil’s Due Synopsis (from bloody-disgusting.com):
After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.
First things first— I tend to like it when filmmakers and other creative types try their best to be original. Innovative twists on old concepts earns my respect as well. There’s nothing like new variations and fresh perspectives, and when someone creates something, they ought to reach for that goal.
However, in my opinion, Devil’s Due doesn’t do that. Demonic pregnancies have already been done before, and done a lot better (Rosemary’s Baby). I wouldn’t have mind as much if Devil’s Due had a fresh take on the subject. But, to be honest, the movie seemed to be somewhat uninspired, and lacking very much in scares and originality.
For one thing, it’s another film trying to piggyback off of the “found footage” trend in horror films (think Paranormal Activity). Even though these type of shaky camera movies can be amazing (see my review of [REC] here, if you want to see their potential), in my experience they’re usually hit or miss. In Devil’s Due, it was a miss. Though the explanation for why the husband (Zach Gilford) was filming everything makes sense in the beginning, towards the end it’s unexplained and confusing. There were also several instances where things felt cut off and not developed fully, most likely due to the limited POV nature of found footage films. There were several times while watching the movie where I felt as if it would have been a lot better if it had been traditionally filmed.
Then there’s the fact that Devil’s Due is bland and predictable. There are a few moments of genuine creepiness, but they are few and far between. The movie seems to rely on jump scares more so than on anything else. And right from the beginning, I had a good idea of what was going to happen. The first scene, (I mean, literally, the first damn scene), shows us the ending. This was a very bad move on the part of the directors, because it revealed (POSSIBLE MINOR SPOILER AHEAD) that one of the main characters survived. This is unacceptable, mainly because it severely undercuts suspense. If I already know who survives, how can I possibly be invested in the outcome of the movie?
Other than these issues, the overall movie was okayish enough. The acting was decent, and despite everything I did get a feel for the main characters. But these things were not enough to make up for general “blah” feeling I had once the credits had began to roll.
Rating: 2/5 stars