"Devil's Due" was not screened for critics before it opened, which is why we don't yet have a review for this film (just like your local or national newspaper).
We have no control over that decision.
We can tell you, however, that the MPAA rated the film R for "language and some bloody images" and that our full review is coming soon.
Our Word to Parents:
The following is a brief summary of the content found in this horror-thriller that's been rated R. The film contains 29 "f" words, while some other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. In terms of sexual content, the film depicts a young married couple who are clearly sexually active. But there are no sequences involving actual intercourse or nudity. The lead female is seen in a bikini on her honeymoon and wears a number of blouses and outfits that display her cleavage. There is one extremely brief glimpse of her possibly naked on video footage as she drops her robe to get into a bathtub. The image is from afar and barely constitutes one second of screen time. The lead male character, at one point, jokes about using a breast pump as a masturbatory device.
Violence consists of numerous characters being harmed by bursts of energy emitted from the lead female character. She kills three random teens in this fashion who happen upon her in the woods feasting on deer. She basically propels them great distances with her mind, including one who continues to hold a hand-held camera that becomes a first-person view of what it must feel like to be thrust up into the air and then slammed back down again landing through the roof of a car. The lead female is also able to give a priest a stroke, with much blood spurting from his nose. She also bashes in the windows of an SUV with her bare hands. The film's climax has her using her considerable mental powers to destroy much of her home's interior after killing her sister-in-law with her powers. SPOILER ALERT: She guts herself in the end with a special blade weapon. Much of this has bloody results.
Bad attitudes are present throughout, as is some potentially imitative behavior and various thematic elements . There is a great deal of Christian imagery involving the Antichrist and the Book of John is quoted on two occasions. The lead female's parents were killed when she was very young, forcing her to grow up in foster care and not know much about her family history. There is a considerable amount of celebratory drinking throughout the film at a wedding, on a honeymoon, at a surprise party, and so forth.
If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our full content review that will be published later today as this film was not screened for reviewers.
For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, much camera movement occurs during the film's numerous hand-held sequences. This is one of those "found footage" movies with nearly the whole film shot with a shaky cam (and also mixed in with some surveillance footage from hidden cameras and public security cameras).
Our Take: 5 out of 10
For films not screened for the reviewing press, we only provide a few paragraphs of critical analysis.
This one's a close call. "Devil's Due" is a film that does deliver some decent scares and more than a few chills. The film stars Allison Miller and Zach Gilford as Samantha and Zach, a young newlywed couple who are surprised to find themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy soon after returning from their honeymoon. Never mind that on their last night in the Dominican Republic, they mysteriously lost an entire night while partying hard in a weird underground dance club.
At any rate, it soon becomes clear to both that this is no ordinary pregnancy. Sam has frequent nosebleeds, blackouts, and is prone to fits of rage. Soon, she and Zach begin to sense that their house is being watched. Sam, a vegetarian, begins to crave red meat. And what about that creepy abandoned house at the end of the street. Things take a highly disturbing turn at the First Communion of Zach's niece in which the priest starts flood-bleeding from his nose and strokes out.
There are some scary and legitimately unsettling moments and sequences in "Devil's Due." Unfortunately, the film has two mammoth problems. The first is it unnecessarily is one of those shaky-cam "found footage" movies that rips off the "Paranormal Activity" movies and its pretenders to the nth degree. As such, you're also always asking, "Well, why are they filming THIS?! Wouldn't be a LOT easier if they weren't operating a camera RIGHT NOW?!"
Two, there are some big, HUGE plot holes running throughout. First and foremost, Zach films pretty much everything because he wants to show his son one day pretty much every moment he and his mother spent together before he was born. But it takes MONTHS for him to actually watch the footage he shot on his honeymoon -- footage that contains key events from when he and Sam had blacked out. There's also a dog in the film that is no help whatsoever. He occasionally senses paranormal activity and barks. At other times, he can't be bothered.
I'll give this "Devil" its due. It's a near-miss, but it did hold my interest throughout. I give it a 5 out of 10. (T. Durgin)