Review: ‘The Devil All The Time’ debuts on Netflix

“The Devil All The Time” is a 2020 Netflix film that depicts a “postwar backwoods town teeming with corruption and brutality,” according to IMDB. (Courtesy of Netflix)“The Devil All The Time” is a 2020 Netflix film that depicts a “postwar backwoods town teeming with corruption and brutality,” according to IMDB. (Courtesy of Netflix)

Brooklynn Wilkes, Correspondent

The devil is certainly at work in one of Netflix’s newest films. “The Devil All the Time” will make you sad, angry and terrified all at once. Filmed in parts of Anniston and Jacksonville, you are sure to see some locations you may even be familiar with.

“The Devil All the Time” earned its “R” rating in just the first 30 minutes of the film. Arvin, the main character of this twisted tale, suffered so much loss in life at such a young age. These losses led him to do some gruesome things later on in the movie. Tom Holland dropped his English roots to bring the character of Arvin to life with a southern accent that I just cannot deny is spot on.

Another familiar face stepping out of their comfort zone includes Robert Pattinson. Robert Pattinson is not the twinkling heartthrob we all came to know and love, or hate, but takes on a much darker role. Pattinson portrayed the role of Rev. Preston Teagardin and you might just find yourself hating him in this film. Not because of the lack of skill, he too had to change up his accent, but because of the nature and actions of his character.

Bill Skarsgard also plays a very prominent role in this movie as the father of Arvin (Tom Holland). You may recognize him as the “IT” clown, but in this role, he brings us love and heartbreak. He is the character that you grow to love and learn to hate all at the same time.

Just when I thought this film could not have any more bloodshed, I was wrong. One after the other we see characters we just get to know get killed off. The only devil in this movie was the continuous hope that we at least get to see most of them make it to the end. I highly recommend not getting attached to any of the characters.

A photographer (Jason Clarke) and a waitress (Riley Keough) come together to make a seemingly unbeatable team of serial killers that is. They will eventually meet their end at the hands of Arvin (Tom Holland) in his last straw before leaving his world of death after death.

The same day that the serial killers met their toxic match before a spree of lives lost, Arvin’s parents got married and settled down before meeting their unfortunate ends. These separate occurrences eventually cross paths and it all comes back to Arvin.

Though the film takes us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, ending in a state of unfulfillment, “The Devil All the Time” is worth the watch. You are either going to love it or hate it, but the sight of familiar faces helped me to lean towards loving it. Watching actors play parts that are outside of their norm are always a hit or miss situation. The title of the movie makes no mistake, the devil is running rampant all the time throughout the whole film. However, it is humans who are the real devils, hiding behind a mouth full of scripture.

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