My wife and I don’t get to watch movies as often as we used to. In fact, we are going to be switching our Netflix membership to “Instant Watch Only” at the end of this month simply because the last two DVDs we got through there sat on our kitchen table for weeks before we got around to watching them.
So, this past weekend, when we finally had some time to ourselves and weren’t tired to the point we were ready to go to bed an hour later, we sat down to watch one. After going through a long list of possible films, we finally decided on one that sounded interesting; The Devil’s Tomb.
To be honest, when I read the description of this, it sounded a lot like the movie Doom; which I hated (actually, hate isn’t really accurate; I just got bored with it after about 20 minutes and turned it off). However, it starred Cuba Gooding Jr. and he’s an actor that has the ability to make even bad movies better so I figured it was worth watching. And, the movie turned out to be OK.
The film is about a group of soldiers who are ordered to enter an archaeological excavation and rescue a professor who is trapped inside after an apparent earthquake. Once inside, they learn they were misinformed about what was really going on after they run into a dying priest and, a short time later, find themselves fighting mutated humans who cannot be killed with their weapons.
I have seen a lot of zombie films and was a bit worried this one would end up being a bit cliché and dull. However, the film managed to keep me interested because it is one of those movies where anything can happen at any time. Every time they walked into a new room, I half expected someone or something to pop out of a corner and attack them and the fact I was only right part of the time kept me guessing. The fact there was no real way to tell who to trust, even among members of their own unit, just added to the suspense.
One thing that did hurt the film, however, was the religious theme. This was not unexpected; given the fact the movie is called The Devil’s Tomb. But, the talk of ex-angels imprisoned on Earth and the people who seek to absorb their power and spread it wound up being a bit confusing at times because the film gave only a quick summary toward the climax rather than spending a bit more time explaining it properly. In addition, I was left a bit confused about whether the professor was trying to protect the world from the entrapped angel or trying to use its powers for evil.
Final opinion: The movie has some flaws but, overall, was much better than expected. If you are looking for a good action film, this one is a good choice; as long as you try not to think about some of the plot points too much.
Average Netflix Grade: 2.6 stars out of a possible 5.
My Grade: 4 stars.