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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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Top Customer Reviews
Director Taylor Hackford (An Officer and an Gentlemen, Dolores Claiborne, Ray) certainly has an eye for character developement and some terrific visual style. Perphas too long for certain tastes and not quite the satifsying conclusion that some people were hoping for. When it was first released in 1997. Although it was recieved well by the critics, not quite an hit at the box office. Since it was overshadow by "I Know What You Did Last Summer". When it was released in the fall of 1997. But "The Devil's Advocate" does have an loyal cult following over the years, mostly due to Pacino's terrific darkly humourous part. I still find this picture extremely entertaining over the years.
The blu-ray has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) 1080p transfer and an strong DTS 5.1 HD Sound. The blu-ray has the original commentary track from the director. There is one nice bonus here, we can finally hear the production dialogue from the deleted scenes. Now the disc has an optional commentary track for the deleted scenes. Which the DVD never had, back in 1998. The blu-ray has the original theatrical trailer as well. It is a really good movie, wildly uneven towards the end but it is terrific entertainment. Panavision. Grade:A- for the movie. Grade:A for the picture quality. Grade:A- for the sound quality.
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.Read more ›
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
people don't give Keanu enough credit, he does great in this film and Pacino is at his best. Highly recommendPublished 18 months ago by Genny Walker
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 morePublished 23 months ago by K. Schwende
I find that it's an awesome story about greed and morality. I want all my family and friends to watch it.Published on Aug. 3 2013 by Samuel Moisan-Domm
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
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... Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Nearly Nubile