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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2005
Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) is a success in the courtroom and out of it. He's a young Florida defense attorney who has never lost a case. No matter how repugnant the crime, no matter how guilty the defendant, Kevin Lomax has the power to mesmerize the jury into accepting his arguments, buying into his logic, being convinced by his charisma; and freeing his clients. Soon after he has successfully won the case, where he defended an obviously guilty child molester, Lomax is invited to New York, where a powerful law firm has become aware of the Florida hotshot's acquittal record. Here he meets John Milton (Al Pacino), the founder and head of "Milton, Chadewick, Waters", a mysterious and powerful law firm with contacts and clients all over the world. It is this charismatic and charming man that opens the door to a completely different world; a world of luxury and pleasure, wealth and power; a world of endless possibilities. This is heaven on earth. But as Lomax tastes the power of being a wealthy New York attorney, something in him changes. Winning is no longer just a goal; it becomes an obsession. Soon he starts to realize that things are not what they seem to be; and all the things he once had and cared about -a happy marriage with Mary Ann (Charlize Theron), his relationship with his mother, all his happiness - everything disappear amidst the sparkling illusion of paradise. He suddenly realizes that Heaven and Hell can co-exist at the same place and at the same time.
I do not intend to reveal anything else since all of the interesting surprises will be presented in the intense and inspiring climax. This is probably Reeves' best performance. He manages to create a believable character - a kind of example, a role model for the American way of life. Kevin's wife, Mary Ann, is most likely the hardest character to play, since she goes through a complex and difficult emotional evolution. From being strong, devoted and ambitious (a female copy of her husband) to vulnerable, hurt and on the verge of madness. Charlize Theron gracefully floats into this character. The most interesting of performances and characters is John Milton - the essence of Kevin Lomax's temptation. Al Pacino is nothing less than astonishing, an award worthy performance that is as good as anything seen this year.
An inspiring thriller, visually stunning as well as thought provoking, 'The Devil's Advocate' should be viewed with an open mind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2010
One of my faves of all-time this movie. Very sophisticated movie, and when first watched I thought "how can someone think this stuff up!!??" Where Jesus was god in the flesh - Pacino is devil in the flesh walking the earth...Reeves is the devils son, but doesn't yet know it!! Quite a deep movie. You'll have to watch twice or thrice before understanding it.
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on 6 September 2009
Novels and films have made us all familiar with the scenario: rising and idealistic young lawyer is hired by big city firm only to find as he gets more involved with the work that the firm is up to all sort of corrupt or evil deeds. How will he react? Go with the flow or stand against it? And if he resists can he get out of there alive?

"The Devil's Advocate" takes things to a new level. Keanu Reeves is the young lawyer here (and Charlize Theron the obligatory beautiful wife who will face her own frightening challenges in their new life), Al Pacino the senior partner who - it becomes clear early on - is not just evil, but the Evil One. And his influence permeates the whole firm and those who work for it.

It is this element that gives the film a feeling of darkness and corruption at a deeper level than, say, "The Firm", gripping though that was. In some scenes there are horror-film elements though these are not overplayed. In others there is a definite religious element. Thus the senior partner shows the new lawyer an almost surreal vista from his skyscraper in a way no doubt meant to call to mind the Bible account of how Satan showed Jesus the world from a high place and sought to tempt Him. And that scene with the holy water at the funeral service... Pacino is outstanding in his role, a charismatic figure who achieves his ends less by direct intervention than by playing on the weaknesses of others.

Pacino's is not the only good performance, he is well supported by the other actors though he is in a class by himself and dominates the screen. Direction and photography are excellent and "The Devil's Advocate" is a riveting film.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 February 2014
This legal thriller film has a nice twist in the tail, as we see what happens to a hot-shot lawyer (Keanu Reeves) when he is lured into working for a prestigious firm run by Al Pacino. All of the wealth and prestige comes with a very large price - his soul!

Al Pacino does an excellent job of playing John Milton, someone with an unearthly agenda. He could have gone way over the top but plays it with the right blend of bonhomie and menace. Reeves has never had the gravitas of some of his contemporary colleagues but is good value none the less, as the up and coming lawyer, cheerfully walking straight into hell. It is strange that for a much maligned actor, he has managed to appear in a number of good value and watchable films and this one is no exception.
The rest of the cast, including Charlize Theron, Judith Ivey, Jeffrey Jones and Connie Nielsen provide great support to keep the story interesting and entertaining.
This production may be from 1997, but it is still well worth watching if you have not seen it before (or even if you have!). It has been a few years since I first watched this and I found it well worth the revisit. I have tried not to say too much about the plot, as you can read that elsewhere if you wish and and I avoid 'spoilers' if I can.

Also, at just over two hours long it makes for decent entertainment for an evening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2011
I bought this as a gift for my Dad as he had not seen it. I almost forgot what a little gem of a movie this is, The kind that does not seem to get produced anymore which is a real shame. I thought Keanu Reeves did an ok job in this film but Al Pacino completely steals every single scene he is in, Even the ones with the beautiful Charlize Theron in!!

I thought the direction and story are spot on even the efeects still look good today....

Great film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2013
Lots of swearing, shocking scenes and nudity (Charlize Theron to name one) Lots of religious undertones, great acting from Al Pacino. Bit weird and left me feeling unsettled particularly the opening scene in court with the man accused of child molesting.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2002
This perfectly cast masterpiece will have you gripped right from its opening scene. Kevin Lomax (Kuanu Reeves) is a brilliant young attorney who after an outstanding string of wins is offered a job at an elite New York law firm, owned and controlled by John Milton (Al Pacino). However there is much more to the deal than meets the eye. At about the halfway point you will realise that this is not just a run of the mill courtroom drama, there are far more sinister forces at work. The most sinister imaginable. Kuanu Reeves puts in a great performance in what is by far his best film bar The Matrix and Al Pacino as always is amazing playing a part that could so easily have been overdone. Starting at a normal pace and slowly building to an explosive ending, this is definitely one to buy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2003
This film is awesome. It entices you in and holds you close for every minute. Evolving beautifully, it becoming more sinister so gently it shocks at its peak. It left my insides squirming as I tried to digest its message. The only thing wrong with it is the reviews on the back of the box. They passed it off lightly (though admittedly did acknowledge its excellence) missing its depth as a thoughtful, questioning piece of art. Performances were excellent all round.
With regards to comments about Keanu Reeves I thought acted very well indeed, contrary to other people's opinion. His part was never meant to be the show-stopper; for me he played the everyman of the film.
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on 17 September 2012
This is a perfect Saturday night movie! More than just a dumb thriller, with some real substance - but not so taxing your brain hurts. It's even better if, like me, you don't know what the central premise is and it gradually creeps up on you.

The script is very good, the characters engaging (I really cared for them); this is strengthened by some excellent acting. Even Keanu, who I normally think of as terribly wooden, does a good turn holding his own against Pacino's usual bombastic performance. I also found it genuinely chilling with some jump-out-of-the-seat moments. [Slight spoiler alert]. The double twist at the end is brilliant!

An intelligent, scary thriller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2014
I HAVE SEEN THIS FILM A COUPLE OF TIMES BUT THE ENDING IS CONFUSING WAS IT ALL A DREAM OR DID IT REALY HAPPEN I THINK ITS UP TO YOU TO MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND
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