The Devil's Advocate

  • 18
  • Taylor Hackford (1997)
  • US
  • 143 min
The Devil's Advocate
Film Review
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2 out of 5

You can see how the writer pitched this project: The Exorcist meets John Grisham. Keanu Reeves plays a hotshot lawyer from Florida who's lured to a New York law firm run by Al Pacino. Pacino's character name, John Milton, is an unsubtle signpost to the diabolical turn of events in a movie that sways unsteadily between a debate over good and evil and a half-successful attempt at black comedy. It's the heavy-handed dropping of clues, including supernatural visions from Reeves's ignored wife, Charlize Theron, that makes the eventual revelation a very tardy one as far as the viewer is concerned. There isn't a single scene that's remotely believable, but the whole concoction, right down to the Ghost Busters finale, is mindlessly enjoyable and directed by Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, Ray) with po-faced urgency.

Plot Summary

Supernatural thriller starring Keanu Reeves as high-flying Florida-based attorney Kevin Lomax, whose career-boosting move to a New York law firm run by John Milton (Al Pacino) has ominous repercussions.

Cast and crew


Kevin Lomax
Keanu Reeves
John Milton
Al Pacino
Mary Ann Lomax
Charlize Theron
Eddie Barzoon
Jeffrey Jones
Mrs Lomax
Judith Ivey
Connie Nielsen
Alexander Cullen
Craig T Nelson
Jackie Heath
Tamara Tunie
Heather Matarazzo
Don King
Don King


Taylor Hackford

Other Information

Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18
Warner Home Video Ltd