Synopsis: 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. - 20th Century Fox
After some urging, I actually bought this one. I tend to read horror site reviews over actual critic reviews because in my opinion, most critics that I've read are close minded and seem to follow the herd. Majority rules, and they want to stay relevant, so why not join the gang mentality and bash everything unless it stars Tom Hanks and is directed by Steven Spielberg?
Devil's Due opens up with a bible verse in hopes of striking fear of the antichrist right from the get go. After that fades, we cut to a man covered in blood, being questioned by police. Then another cut to the night before a wedding, then the wedding, and finally a honeymoon in Santo Domingo. The newlyweds party it up, get lost, meet a taxi driver who convinces them to go to a dance club. Drinking, dancing and fun ensues. Quick cut to glimpses of a ritual-quick cut to the next morning where the couple flies home to begin their lives together. We find out that we're pregnant despite religious use of birth control. Things do indeed seem quite normal until wifey begins showing signs of distress, which as the synopsis states, people brush off as typical pregnancy issues. Cue in creepy guys staring into their windows, the wife (who's a vegetarian) developing a taste for raw meat, people who we don't see break in and install guess what? more cameras...among other signs that this is anything but normal behavior.
Where do I begin? Did I like this movie? No. Would I recommend this movie? No. Devil's Due is a found footage film, and that is the primary reason I've put off seeing this. I feel that found footage films are a dead horse, but somewhere, someone continues to beat it and this is one of the outcomes of it. I waited so long because I wanted to head into it with an open mind. I ended up losing interest 20 minutes in, feeling insulted, then questioning myself for sticking with it. There are a few big things I didn't like about the movie. The wife wasn't really believable, she TRIED, but couldn't sell it. I could go on and on with the acting. There is choppy editing. It felt thrown together and forced. They insert different footage, like one scene from a grocery store which goes along with the movie fine, but then there's another involving teenagers in a field who had their own camera, in a scene that didn't really fit as they had nothing to do with the other characters at all. The scene didn't make much sense, was nothing but an attempt at shock value but came off as laughable and undesirable. Devil's Due is a mess, and the audience is being force fed mediocrity. It had the feel of every other FF film with religious undertones, and that's where it suffers. There's only so much you can do without losing originality. Religious/cult found footage films are overcooked and this one is a perfect example.
I give the movie 1/5 Skulls, because the DVD cover looks cool. I judged this one on the cover, but no regrets... Devil's Due serves a much bigger purpose than originally intended. It's now a coaster on my coffee table. I hate the rings that cups leave on it...