The Devil's Advocate

The Devil's Advocate

Taylor Hackford (1997)

143min
18 Certificate
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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.

Summary

A hotshot lawyer is lured away from his provincial practice to work for a powerful big-city law firm. However, he gradually comes to realise that his charismatic new boss is none other than Satan himself, who has a special plan in mind for the ambitious attorney. Supernatural thriller, starring Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron and Jeffrey Jones. Including FYI Daily.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: English Colour Guidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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