Aside from the horrifically one-note characters, Elevator is a quietly thrilling film that does enough to entertain.
Constructed around a very simple plot, and clearly done on a tiny budget, Elevator was cheesy and littered with both genre cliches and character stereotypes. Seriously, almost every character sucks in this film, and it was hard to root for any of them to survive.
Despite its small budget, the gore and practical effects were surprisingly okay, and I enjoyed seeing the situation continually get worse. However, I wish the plot had moved along due to something other than human error, which did become annoying.
Elevator is an okay thriller that won't exactly blow you away, but you shouldn't expect it to. Forget the characters, watch it for the tension, and you might find that you enjoy it - although if that isn't enough for you, I wouldn't blame you for finding that it comes up short.