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The Devil's Own [DVD]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2013
On first viewing this film, I must admit, I really wasn't sure what to make of it. Considering some parts of this movie are based on true events, I'm sure maybe for some this film, is of a sensitive subject. However, I thought Harrison Ford came across as a very convincing Cop, and a very very impressive performance from Brad Pitt, I'm not Irish, but I can tell you, it's not the easier accent to pull off and he did a very very fine job. It's not your typical action, movie, but it's worth a go, and very well done. It does have a twist at the end though, not sure myself if I saw it coming or not. Overall, it's a very good film, for it's time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2013
See the one star comment, which I must say I have sympathy for. As an entertaining film , it's OK. However, there is a lot of misplaced jingoism in this and it only touches the real issues of the troubles from a USA slanted perspective. With a better plot (and, perhaps, direction) the film could have attempted a braver commentary on what really was happening. That's Hollywood!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I first saw this in 1997 i was very young , but whatever age you see this , the same message it goves out is clear .
The value of human life and how one must abide by laws to protect what we love most - Family.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2001
THE DEVIL'S OWN, Alan J. Pakula's last film, is a character-driven thriller that confronts suspense and gritty realism head-on. Harrison Ford plays Tom O'Meara, an Irish-American cop in New York who opens his home and family to Francis "Frankie" McGuire (Brad Pitt), whom they believe is a refuge-seeking immigrant from Belfast. They later discover that their visitor is an IRA rebel on a terrorist mission. Buoyed by tense, strong performances from both stars, the film is ultimately a tragedy that explores the unexpected friendship of two men of similar ethnic roots, yet of different places, times, and values, and the cruel and senseless cycle of violence they face.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 6 November 2011
I must admit that I bought this film thinking that it was "Patriot Games" , the much superior film based around the Northern Irish "Troubles" involving Harrison Ford. "The Devil's Own" tells the story of a Belfast IRA man played by Brad Pitt, who travels to New York hoping to buy Stinger missiles for the IRA.He stays with an NYPD cop (Harrison Ford) who puts him up for a while , presumably as a favour for an Irish American judge. Ford gradually gets suspicious about Pitt's behaviour and he has to decide what to do about it as the film draws to an exciting climax. The acting in "The Devil's Own" is pretty average (it's not Brad Pitt's finest hour and a half) and I thought that the film was too sympathetic to his character and by inference to the IRA.It seemed to say that their cause was a good one , but their methods unacceptable. Watching it now , it's storyline seems to be of historical interest only now , with the terrorist campaigns and British Army presence on the streets of Northern Ireland now ended. A slow but inexorable movement to a united Ireland has been set in place, although this is unlikely to be fulfilled until there is a united Northern Ireland first of all.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2005
Whenever Hollywood attempts to cover such a tenuous subject, like in this example the Northern Ireland troubles, they nearly always come in for fierce criticism for misunderstanding the issues, and to be perfectly frank, they deserve every piece of flack they got for this example. So let's get that out of the way first.
The movie tried to be all things to all people. It tried to be tough on the terrorist lifestyle but at the same time it doesn't want to offend certain communities (far easier to have a stereotype sinister British Intelligence officer than portray the IRA as murderers isn't it?) So for example you have Brad Pitt as an IRA Terrorist, and yet he is actually a "nice" terrorist. He's never killed a civilian, he's only doing it because his dad himself was murdered and he comes out with incredible lines like "the Government that has failed both sides"! Yeah Right!
Harrison Ford is career NY Cop, playing everything down the line, he abhors the lifestyle of Pitt and yet still likes and admires him. He hates the British Intelligence officer more though because he's going to kill Pitt, whereas Ford believes he can do the right thing, and simply bring Pitt to justice.
The list is really endless with this sort of "terrorist or freedom fighter" drivel, and the film makes no attempt to portrait any of the reality of the Northern Ireland conflict.
But, I guess the question we need to ask is, was this a film about the Northern Ireland troubles or is the Northern Ireland Troubles simply a background used to present what is an entertaining film? If it is the later, then the film works remarkably well.
Both leads give good accounts of themselves. Pitt wins you over with his charming good looks and weepy eyes and no-one does the grim sickened expression as well as Ford. The pace of the film is nicely judged with the action scenes placed well with the family orientated scenes, and I thought the insights into Ford's regular day job well worked and a useful addition to the story. Credit to here to Ruben Blades as Ford's police partner.
As I say if you forget the background then it's a great thriller romp. Think too much about the plot and the film will loose its sparkle.
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on 20 July 2015
QUICK REPONSE,VERY HAPPY
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2015
A fairly inauthentic view of 'the troubles'.Basically a vehicle for Pitt and Ford to macho it out 'till the end. Nothing much to do with Northern Ireland and it's issues. Started promisingly but as soon as the american part of the film kicked in it was downhill all the way for me. To US centric and not enough genuine dialogue... with Pitt losing his Belfast 'accent' here and there. The scenes in Ireland were good, although the part where a British Army helicopter flies over the house where Pitt's character is hiding is nonsense, the crew of the helicopter, in reality, would not have flown off but would have searched the property thoroughly considering that many soldiers had died because of the IRA ambush in the opening sequence of the film. As I said, inauthentic hollywood drivel... for the most part.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2015
The Devil's own is a very interesting movie with Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt. It has the Irish atmosphere throw out the movie which is nice for the good Irish people. All I am going to say Pitt is involved in dealing with explosive dangerous materials being sent from the U.S to Ireland. Ford opens his family home to Pitt knowing he is just an average Irish immigrant working in construction but him being a police officer finds out after his house is raided by criminals wanting Pitt. It looks very good on Blu Ray. Not bad at all. The detail is very good. Give this movie a chance. Its very interesting and you will enjoy it. Great seller. Fast delivery.I am one happy customer. Thank You.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2011
This is an ok film
Brad Pitt is gorgeous however his Irish accent is atrotious and I'm left thinking that maybe Colin Farrell would have been better cast purely for the accent.
A bit too "Hollywood" and not enough grit to it and substance.
watchable though.
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