HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
True Don Quixote, The
Babymother
Mitchells vs. the Machines, The
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Unholy, The
How to Deter a Robber
Antebellum
Offering, The
Enola Holmes
Big Calamity, The
Man Under Table
Freedom Fields
Settlers
Boy Behind the Door, The
Swords of the Space Ark
I Still See You
Most Beautiful Boy in the World, The
Luz: The Flower of Evil
Human Voice, The
Guns Akimbo
Being a Human Person
Giants and Toys
Millionaires Express
Bringing Up Baby
World to Come, The
Air Conditioner
Fear and Loathing in Aspen
Kandisha
Riders of Justice
Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, The
For Those Who Think Young
Justice League: War
Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The
Plurality
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
Night of the Sharks
Werewolves Within
Honeymoon
King and Four Queens, The
Stray Dolls
   
 
Newest Articles
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
   
 
  Devil's Advocate, The Infernal Affairs
Year: 1997
Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones, Judith Ivey, Connie Nielsen, Craig T. Nelson, Tamara Tunie, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Debra Monk, Vyto Ruginis, Laura Harrington, Pamela Gray, George Wyner, Chris Bauer, Heather Matarazzo, Delroy Lindo
Genre: HorrorBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 2 votes)
Review: Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) is a promising lawyer in Florida who can boast of his young career that he has never lost a case, and he's not about to do so now. One problem has arisen as the jury listens to the testimony of one of the alleged victims of his client, however, and that is that as the teenage girl relates the accusation of his sexual abuse, Kevin notices the client is actually getting off on it, and realises the man he is defending is guilty as hell. Taking a break in the men's room a reporter approaches Kevin and says it looks as if he will have his first loss - but will he?

Is Kev in fact a lawyer with a conscience? Or will he sacrifice his morals for the good of advancing his career? And is there, perhaps, some agent of the netherworld seeing how far he can coax him into ruthlessness and evildoing? If you hadn't worked that out you obviously were not paying attention, or had not seen the trailer, for The Devil's Advocate for a start had that groaningly literal title, and the fact that none other than Al Pacino was playing Keanu's wicked mentor who was the Devil himself was well publicised. Which would have been all very well if the Kevin character had been aware of this a lot sooner.

Yet as it was this was one of those horrors or thrillers where it took the lead an achingly long time to work out what we in the audience were all too conscious of even before the film had begun. Obviously in the real world if you suspect your boss is actually Satan incarnate then your mental health would be called into question, or at least your sense of proportion, but that didn't really wash with a fiction like this, so that Kevin doesn't seem quite so intelligent as he was supposed to be when the glaringly blatant was staring him right in his face. No matter that his wife Mary Ann (a game Charlize Theron) does actually realise this, nothing will get through to our hero until right at the end.

Where we find out why Pacino signed on for this: that's right, a great big speech, sort of like the way he ended his other legal profession-based movie, And Justice for All, only not quite as entertaining. Before that director Taylor Hackford tried to keep it subtle for those few in the audience who remained unaware of the not so well concealed twist, but even then was not above including the odd shot of a character's face turning CGI demonic, mostly when Mary Ann is watching. Having accepted Pacino's law firm invitation to come to New York City and continue his run of success there - he managed to win the pervert's case back in Florida - Kevin is offered some tricky assignments, but nothing he cannot handle.

Except when he has to tackle the murder trial of one of Pacino's associates (Craig T. Nelson), he begins to have misgivings about whether he is on the right side or not, and although you would have thought being allied to Beelzebub in this life would mean a fairly easy ride through any situations that came your way, especially as God does not seem to be troubling anyone apart from his devout mother (Judith Ivey) - and even she has a secret history. Kev does suffer a lot, and more and more as the story proceeds, but the trouble is, with everything so leaden and spelled out far ahead the best bet for entertainment is Pacino, who not only is called John Milton but even goes as far as sticking out his tongue like a snake for that Garden of Eden vibe, all highly amusing but there's not enough, and then for the finale there's way too much. The dilemma of morality at the heart of it carries barely any importance, too, when it's simply leading to a lame punchline. Music by James Newton Howard.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 4083 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (2)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: