‘The invasion begins with you’
The Device is a 2014 science fiction horror film directed by Jeremy Berg from a screenplay co-written with John Portanova.
The film stars Angela DiMarco, David S. Hogan, Kate Alden, Gabriel Congdon, Lorraine Montez, Ben Andrews, Morgen Johnson and Russell Hodgkinson.
What if the rumours and urban legends are real… that aliens walk among us, abducting people for unthinkable experiments? Sisters Abby and Rebecca are about to discover the horrifying truth when they find a harmless looking object in the woods near their family’s cabin.
The small black sphere is the key to a shocking mystery that will change the course of human destiny. The Device has plans for us, and this world is no longer ours…
The Device plays fast and loose with the ideas of the genre and is clearly trying to offer a fresh perspective. Unfortunately, this attempt at genre subversion is rather less successful this time around, with a bad combination of unconvincing characters, poor performances and a sense of incoherence and undeveloped themes rather bogging the movie down into being another low budget movie that seems to have ideas beyond its abilities.
David Flint, Horrorpedia
‘The Device is a surprisingly, thought provoking sci-fi thriller. The plot is quite good, music score is excellent, cinematography spot on, and the acting is mostly believable considering the three main actors are not big Hollywood stars.’ Shawn Handling, HorrorNews.net
‘It’s very clear that Berg and Portanova are fans of the alien subgenre, and they excel at telling the story based around that, but what really stands out about the film, is how much character development is accomplished, while also doing its best to genuinely creep the audience out. It works on all levels, the horror aspects are dead on, but the drama and relationships are what makes The Device rise greatly above typical genre films.’ Jerry Smith, Icons of Fright
‘The plot sputters and becomes predictable as every alien movie cliché is present. This is a movie that would have greatly benefited from a surprise or two. Furthermore, the pacing of the film at times breaks the narrative into a disjointed mess where things just seem to happen, often as strange afterthoughts had by the characters.’ Anibal Arturo, Ravenous Monster
” …this odd melding of mental health and a marriage in meltdown drama with an X-Files-styled conspiracy is a talky affair that’s seriously lacking any action or scares. If you pick this up on the basis of the poster or DVD cover, you’ll be expecting some exciting Species-styled transformation sequences.” Peter Fuller, Kultguy’s Keep