Where the Devil Hides (2014) (aka: The Devil's Hand) Rufus Sewell, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Thomas McDonell, Adelaide Kane Movie Review

Where the Devil Hides (2014)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Thomas McDonell and Alycia Debnam-Carey in Where the Devil Hides (2014) (aka: The Devil's Hand)

There Hides a Movie Here

18 years earlier in the devoutly religious community of New Bethlehem something strange occurred when on the 6th day of the sixth month six girls were born to six different mothers. For some it was just a coincidence whilst others feared it was the beginning of a prophecy which would be fulfilled in the future. Now as the girls are preparing for their 18th birthdays strange things start to happen in New Bethlehem once again as one by one the girls begin to go missing. Whilst some fear the community has come under attack from a serial killer an elder believes it is the prophecy coming true.

Do you care? I am not asking you whether you care about me or my movie website but I'm posing the universal question which most movies rest upon. Yes a movie can fall or rise on whether we, the audience, care and in particular care for any of the characters. If the writers and directors fail to establish characters and create a bond between them and the audience then a movie is more than likely going to fail especially when as in the case of "Where the Devil Hides" it attempts to be a thriller. Yes for me "Where the Devil Hides" fails not just for the lack of character building but mainly because of that reason as the failure to establish any of the girl's characters means we have no interest in what happens to them even the one who is prone to seizures.

But as I said "Where the Devil Hides" has other issues and they include a preference for the action to happen at night which makes it almost impossible to see what is going on. Of course you are not meant to know exactly what is going on or else there would be no mystery as to what is happening but it makes many an effect seem a waste of money when you can't really see them. And as for the mystery of what is going on be it a killer or a prophecy well to be honest because we care so little for the characters it is hard to care for what is happening to them. Without giving anything away the outcome of all this isn't that spectacular either.

What this means is that "Where the Devil Hides" becomes a movie which relies on the likeability of its cast and whilst there are some pleasant young actresses in this none of them make much of an impression. Then again none of the established actors such as Rufus Sewell and Colm Meaney make much of an impact either with really Thomas McDonell being the only one who grabs your attention although that maybe because I remembered him from "The 100" rather than for his acting in this.

What this all boils down to is that "Where the Devil Hides" is one of those movies which feels like someone took a reasonable story and made a movie out of it but never really made the story come to life which sadly makes it a forgettable experience.