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The Devil's Advocate [DVD] 
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Hot-shot defence attorney Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) seems to have landed on his feet when he is poached by an international law firm in New York. Lomax is welcomed by the charismatic John Milton (Al Pacino), who seems to take an especially close interest in his young employee's career. Meanwhile, Lomax's wife Mary-Ann (Charlize Theron) suffers a breakdown, believing that she is losing her husband to a dark and powerful force.
Too old for Hamlet and too young for Lear--what's an ambitious actor to do? Play the Devil, of course. Jack Nicholson did it in The Witches of Eastwick; Robert De Niro did it in Angel Heart (as Louis Cyphre--get it?). In The Devil's Advocate Al Pacino takes his turn as the great Satan, and clearly relishes his chance to raise hell. He's a New York lawyer, of course, by the name of John Milton, who recruits a hotshot young Florida attorney (Keanu Reeves) to his firm and seduces him with tempting offers of power, sex and money. Think of the story as a twist on John Grisham's The Firm, with the corporate evil made even more explicit. Reeves is wooden, and therefore doesn't seem to have much of a soul to lose, but he's really just our excuse to meet the devil. Pacino's the main attraction, gleefully showing off his--and the Antichrist's--chops at perpetrating menace and mayhem. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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as a catholic...i cant fault the movie metaphisics whatsoever at all....regardless of the dilema of gods existrence or not... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jose Juan Garcia
There is some incredible dialogue in this film and with superb actors it is a triumph.Published 3 months ago by TeeBee
Still fresh and provocative about justice and ethics.Published 3 months ago by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
Oh dear. On the strength of the many good reviews, and as a Pacino fan, I gave this a shot. Being a 100% atheist with not the slightest shred of belief in any "devil" or... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ozymandias