The Devil's Own generated a fair amount of advance buzz, in 1997, thanks to the on screen teaming of superstars Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, and acclaimed director Alan J. Pakula. In the end though, the film, was not much more than a letdown overall.
Frankie McGuire (Pitt) is one of the IRA's deadliest assassins, who, after escaping from British authorities, is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons for his IRA compatriots. Frankie finds himself living with the family of Tom O'Meara (Ford), a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie's real identity. At first, Tom and his wife Shelia (Margaret Colin), welcome him with open arms, as their surprising friendship grows. Soon though, Tom's growing suspicions force Frankie to choose between the promise of peace or a lifetime of murder,
What promises to be a real potboiler, is muted, for several reasons. The biggest problem for me is the fact that, it's pretty hard to imagine that a veteran cop, would allow a total stranger into his home the way O'Meara did. Even if you put that big gaffe aside though, Pitt and Ford are not as sharp as they have been before. There's no real spark as the two play their scenes together. Ford could have probably done this stuff in his sleep. Pretty boy Pitt has perhaps the worst Irish dialect heard in any film--kind of mirroring Tom Cruise in Far and Away. Pakula does his best working with very little but...lets face it Pitt and Ford are the reason we are watching and they are both off the mark here.
The DVD doesn't have any extras, save for the typical theatrical trailer, of course. Given the rumored behind the scenes turmoil, on this movie, I'm not surprised at the lack of any other bonus material though. Viewers can choose to watch the movie in either the full-screen or widescreen formats.
What a disappointment. With Pakula calling the shots and his track record--I expected a better effort