I’ll admit, I was excited for Devil’s Due. I’m becoming increasingly annoyed with the “Found Footage” style of film-making, but this particular entity was done by Radio Silence, who were responsible for the best thing to come from the V/H/S films, so I had high hopes. Even when every one of my friends that made it out to the theater to see the film had told me, that it was nothing worth seeking out, I retained hope. My wife was excited about it as well, which may have been part of the problem. She likes any film that deals with possession or exorcisms. For her to not enjoy something like this, there has to be a major problem somewhere. Devil’s Due never goes anywhere, I think is the main problem, but we’ll get into that a little bit later. Perhaps my time with found footage has just come to an end. I can think of several solid entries into the sub-genre within the last several years, but there’s such a saturation of the market with this cheap style of film-making that it’s even making the general movie-going public groan at the announcement of a new one. At this point in the game, I don’t think it even matters if it’s well done or not. Kill it with fire, and let it die, I say.
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.
The Blu-ray itself is as nice as one might expect from a new release movie from 20th Century Fox. Save for the annoying way the film was shot, it looks great, even with the silly added gimmick of logos to suggest that what we are watching we are seeing through the viewfinder of a handheld camera. The softness, and almost complete lack of find details can be attributed to the style of the film. And, when the handheld nature of the film adds nothing to the overall experience, the purposeful poor quality of the presentation becomes obvious laziness. The audio, however, is a completely different story. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 track actually does add to the creepiness of the film. The sound design is great. That’s the one compliment I’ll give to this film, Had the story, and the cinematography been on par with the soundtrack, this would have been a completely different film. If, after the credits finish, you decide that you’d like to see more, for whatever reason, there are quite a few bonus features on the disc. There’s an audio commentary with cast and crew, deleted scenes, an extended ending, a documentary about Radio Silence, and more. Devil’s Due is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital, from 20th Century Fox. You may purchase your copy here.