Two sisters go to a family cabin in the woods to spread the ashes of their deceased mother and find a mysterious orb in the woods. What happens next is most disturbing than anything they could imagine.
Written and directed by Jeremy Berg and starring Angela DiMarco, David S. Hogan, and Kate Alden, The Device tells the story of two estranged sisters who, after the death of their mother, reunite to take her ashes and scatter them into a lake in the woods near a family cabin. A cabin, that they had been warned to stay away from for unknown reasons. As they try to reconnect and deal with their past, Rebecca (Kate Alden), runs off into the woods and discovers what appears to be remains of a strange wreckage. As her sister, Abby (Angela DiMarco), catches up to her, they discover a mysterious, black orb. Collecting the orb, they take it back to the cabin and show it to Abby’s fiancé, Calvin (David S. Hogan) who immediately sees dollar signs.
Soon Abby starts having nightmares and Rebecca seems to want to leave the cabin immediately. They pack up and go home. Abby receives a phone call from Aunt Linda, irate that they went to the cabin and demanded that she send Rebecca home. Unbeknownst to Abby or Rebecca, Calvin has brought the black orb back from the cabin and is keeping in the basement, trying to unlock the mystery of its strange powers. Once the girls realize this, they beg Calvin to get rid of it, but he’s determined to find a way of making money off of it.
Abby’s nightmares continue and get more lucid and vivid as she believes that there is an alien presence nearby and it seems tied to orb. What the sisters do not realize is that this orb is an actual device not made my any human hands, and its purpose is that of horrible design. As the sisters past begin to unfurl and past trauma brought to light, they realize they must fight not only against the mysterious force of the device, but also against those they never thought would go against them.
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.
While watching this movie, I was thoroughly excited to see an alien movie that focused very little on the aliens and more on the people that were being affected by the events as we watched everything unfold before us. Sure, the nightmares showed enough, but that was almost exclusively when they would be on screen. The story progressed fluidly although I felt like the character of Calvin seemed almost choppy or nearly robotic. I did not get any emotion from him at all. That could be the way the writers wanted him to be, but I would have liked to seen him connect more to Abby, whom he is betrothed.
While we are talking about actors, I would be remiss if I did not praise the acting jobs of Kate Alden and Angele DiMarco. Here we have two gorgeous young women who, I feel, brought a lot of emotion to the roles of Rebecca and Abby, respectively. They acted like sisters, they looked like sisters, and they seemed to share not only a bond but also a resentment due to the past trauma of their lives and when they realize what is happening, they come together to help each other survive. They were definitely the stand out feature of this movie and I would not hesitate to watch them in any other picture.
As far as special effects, while minimal, they were not bad. The aliens were always in a faded fog like appearance which being in a nightmare really worked well. There seemed to be very little need for much in the way of effects but those that were used to also done well. There were a lot of bright lights glaring through doorways or windows, foreboding music also seemed to fit the mood.
All around I found this movie to be very enjoyable sci-fi thriller as long as you are not looking for a lot of action. This movie is very much story-line based, which I enjoy sometimes more than those that require over use of explosions and body parts flying everywhere. Check this movie out if you are looking for a quiet little title that may sneak under your radar.