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05/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Devil's Advocate" by Yojimbo

Hot shot Florida defence attorney Keanu Reeves has never lost a case, and so comes to the attention of a New York law firm that is, of course, run by Satan. This is one of those films that has a popularity I've never quite understood; it reminds me of Fallen, in that it's so ridiculous, yet takes itself so, so seriously. Pacino's speeches are more glib rants than insightful comments on the state of man, playing the Devil like a cross between a used car salesman and a pervy uncle at Christmas time, and Keanu doesn't have the range to make this kind of hokey nonsense believable. The gothic style effects just look silly, and the climax is overly melodramatic to the point of being laughable. The only thing that saves the film for me is Charlize Theron; her character's mental deterioration is ...

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02/23/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Devil has many faces!

Kevin Lomax (Reeves) is a brilliant lawyer and happy husband from Florida who takes a case defending a professor accused of child molesting. At some point he realizes that his client is actually guilty but despite his hesitations, he accepts the case, and against all odds, he wins it. This immediately prompts a job offer by a big law firm in NY. As soon as he goes there with his wife Mary-Ann (Charlize Theron) he is immediately impressed and awed by his new firm, and instantly taken under the wing of seductive and charismatic head honcho John Milton. (Al Pacino)

Everything is very fascinating in the beginning, and Kevin and Mary-Ann are enjoying their newly acquired riches, while Kevin is speedily climbing the ladder of fame and success. However, he quickly realizes that things are not...

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Daniel Corleone
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08/11/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Devil's Advocate review

For me, the impact that Al Pacino has on other actors is that they feel challenged, motivated to bring out the best in them. Keanu Reeves performance here is an indication that probably he was infected by Pacino's legendary skills. In any case, the casts here is solid, Charlize Theron's dramatic role here was good. The premise of the film was engaging, if it only had a better ending. The effects were impressive, score was sufficient and script made sense. Unfortunately, Devil's Advocate was not that scary, nor did it have any relevant thriller or dramatic sequences that would make you think. If it wasn't for the effects, acting, John Miltons character and twists, then it wouldn't be that interesting. For people into vanity, influence and aspirations in a negative manner, then your ...

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06/02/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Al Pacino's Satan in at #51!

How many actors are there who could play Satan to such perfection? Al Pacino does no less than a superb job portraying John Milton, a man of power, women and money living in a world with no guilt. A great moment in cinema when he makes his final speech to Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves). But his acting only the icing on the cake of a brilliant film. The script also deserves mention for portraying the devil not as a bloodthirsty monster but as a being of temptation and desire. While not really being a drama but not really being a thriller either, you truly feel for the characters but are put on the edge of your seat at the same time, the second half of this movie will hold you in constant suspense. The nudity and violence are a bit gratuitous but never for their own sake, everything you see is ...

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