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'Devil's Due' is dead on arrival

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Devil's Due

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There are genres that just need to be left alone and buried in the ground where they belong as every trick in the book has been done to death. "Devil's Due" takes what is ultimately a tired premise and doesn't even try to breathe any life into something that is so surprisingly boring it makes you wonder about the shelf life of the found footage genre.

After a mysterious and somewhat blurry night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple (Zach Gilford & Allison Miller) 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.

Rarely do I get to say this, but "Devil's Due" just might be one of the lazier films that I have ever seen in my long history of seeing movies come across my desk. It was so dull, I just didn't care if it was bad.

First time feature directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett make the jump from short films and simply cannot manage the longer format in which to tell a story. It goes through repetitive plot points and uses the found footage model as a half assed attempt to generate any legitimate tension. There are moments that look fine, but then it goes right back to shaky cam nonsense that just takes out of any story that they are trying to build. It's such a lazy device to have the camera on these characters because "That's there thing" and that sums up the entire movie, they do things just because and never truly establish any sort of legitimate story, stuff kind of just...happens.

The dialogue is banal and repetitive, and first time feature writer Lindsay Devlin feels out of her depth as the entire proceedings feels disconnected and very disjointed and it never comes together quite as any seemingly hopes. I kind of feel sorry for everyone involved in this one as it feels like a low budget attempt to pop a large opening weekend.

Picture and sound quality and the Blu-Ray are solid and the special features include a feature length commentary track with the filmmakers, deleted scenes including an extended ending, some behind the scenes looks and the theatrical trailer.

"Devil's Due" is easily the worst film to be released in the calendar year of 2014, because quite frankly it felt like no one even bothered to try on this one.

1 out of 5 stars, but to be quite frank I'd give it a 0 if I could.

"Devil's Due" is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray and On Demand from all major retailers and providers.

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