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Devils Advocate

Keanu Reeves , Al Pacino , Taylor Hackford    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
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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. The film was directed by Taylor Hackford (Against All Odds, Dolores Claiborne), who provides alternate-track commentary for the movie itself, plus a dozen deleted scenes. Also note: due to a settlement with artist Frederick Hart over the movie's use of a sculpture resembling his Ex Nihilo in Washington's National Cathedral, future releases of the film will be altered. --Jim Emerson

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"The Devil's Advocate" is one of those movies that you can't stop thinking about after it's finished. Scenes keep replaying through your head. It's a movie that makes you think, despite it's strange, fantasy-like plot-line. Al Pacino, without a doubt, delivers one of the best and most potent performances of his career. Keanu Reeves isn't up to his usual standard of acting, but he plays wooden characters very well. Once again, in "The Devil's Advocate", Keanu is wooden. That's alright though, it really doesn't take anything away from the story line. It doesn't matter who the director intended to be the movies main character; Pacino steals the show, but don't get me wrong. He has his competition.
Charlize Theron delivers a performance the caliber of which I didn't think she was capable. She portrays the stages of madness through which her character stumbles through very accurately, cryptically, and passionately. Her character (Keanu Reeves' wife) is slowly isolated and cut off from her husband through the doing Pacino, who uses the seven deadly sins to manipulate Keanu and keep him as far away from his wife as possible while at the same time manipulating her with a various assortment of devilish tricks.
The dialogue in this movie is incredible. The conversations in this movie alone are worth watching. Pacino generally has the most thought-provoking lines in the film, though Keanu's mother and Theron have their moments. I can't think of a single flaw in the character chemistry and interactions within this movie. It's perfect. Half the movie you feel your stomach writhing and twisting as you find yourself thinking and re-evaluating issues and aspects of your life you'd either forgotten about or taken for granted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will You Play The Expression? July 8 2004
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.
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While I felt that the film could have been more crisply edited, it builds such unrelenting a crescendo that you'll be willing to indulge several minor scenes take forever to get to their point. How common is it for a film climax to sport a 15-minute scene of dialogue so provocative that the accompanying special effects can almost be ignored!
Keanu Reeves, who's usually a staid one-expression wonder fit for movies like Speed and Matrix, pitches in quite a remarkably absorbing performance here. Which was a pleasant surprise! Pacino needless to say is stellar as usual in his macabre role as Satan.
But the cake goes to Charlize Theron who fits the wife's character like a glove (a role that is never really clearly defined) and fills in some pretty yawning gaps, creating a gradual descent into madness which actually seems realistic enough to be taken seriously.
With slightly more crisp editing, the movie could have easily been the powerhouse it screams that it should have been, but it is still a very decent rental that'll hold for a couple of viewings!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Al Pacino plays Satan to well Nov. 6 2003
I'm a devout christian. I don't normally do movies with the Devil in it. It's just a spirt I don't want in my home. The Devil's Advocate is one of the freakiest movies I've ever seen.
The Devils Advocate is a story about a hot shot florida lawyer(Reeves) and his beautiful wife(Theron). He's never lost a case and he gets a job offer at a fancy firm in New York. One of the largest and most powerful firms in the world. He gets consumed in his work and his new job. His wife just wants him to start and family but work is becoming his obsession. As he's at the firm he starts realize his boss may have an alterior motive and might not be who he says he is.
Al Pacino is scary. He plays the devil to well. It's easily one of the best roles he's ever done. He plays Satan almost as well as he does Michael Corleone. It looked to me like he had way to much fun doing this movie. He just evil and vial. He really steals the movie.
Charlie Theron is fantastic. She is such a beautiful woman. She has looks that could stop traffic. It's amazing to see the change she takes place in the movie. I can't believe she'd make herself look that ugly. She is so believabel and is a great actress.
Keanu Reeves does a great job. I think it's one of the better films he has ever done in his carear. I love his fake southern accent. He looks like a lawyer and carries the swagger of a lawyer in the movie. He doesn't do all that great in some of the emotional love scenes, but I like him a lot in the movie.
The Devils Advocate is a scary movie. It's a not a nightmare movie, but more of an eye opening movie. Are we really that vain and blind to what goes on around us. It's not a movie for a young audience. I don't think I'd buy it, but it's worth a peak on tv or a rental.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest trick the devil ever did was pretend he doesn't exist
people don't give Keanu enough credit, he does great in this film and Pacino is at his best. Highly recommend
Published 1 month ago by Genny Walker
2.0 out of 5 stars Good acting, disturbing plot
I shouldn't be surprised given the title of the movie. Any time the devil is involved, the storyline is going to be sick and dysfunctional. Read more
Published 6 months ago by K. Schwende
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story about greed
I find that it's an awesome story about greed and morality. I want all my family and friends to watch it.
Published 13 months ago by Samuel Moisan-Domm
4.0 out of 5 stars A great, sometimes brillant thriller mixed the supernatural and black...
"The Devil's Advocate" is a entertaining movie for adults. This is one of Keanu Reeves' best parts as a young, brilliant but naive lawyer from Floria, who comes to work in one of... Read more
Published 23 months ago by L.C.L Movie Reviews.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Guilty Pleasure
The story a lawyer who works for the devil, not as dumb as it sounds, in fact a surprisingly great movie. Both Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino in great roles.
Published on July 16 2004 by Antonio Canas
5.0 out of 5 stars A Devilishly Good Movie!
Hat's off to Al Pacino on his performance in this film. I'm proud to own it on dvd. He deserves the oscar that he won for this film. Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by Lonny Christopher
4.0 out of 5 stars Al Pacino as a leering devil
Al Pacino plays Satan, a pretty good role for a New York lawyer bend on seducing hotshot attorney Keanu Reeves with the wicked and eternal trio of temptations: power, sex, and... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by Peggy Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want Justice...
"...kill all the lawyers!"is buried somewhere in Shakespeare. Al Pacino's SATAN resurrects an idea of demoralizing what's left of Truth, Justice and The American Way via promotion... Read more
Published on Dec 22 2003 by Arthur F. McVarish
3.0 out of 5 stars if Pacino were your father, you'd shoot yourself too
filled with some gross imagery and some fine performances, although Keanu has some wooden stuff he manages to capture the emotion and the spark at the end where he confronts... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003 by Michael Bolts
5.0 out of 5 stars Greed Is a Deadly Sin.
This is a story about an advocate who wins cases with help of the Devil. It takes him to a big city where he has to win cases again. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by Reijo Piippula
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