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The Devil's Own Reviews

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April 14, 2014
An uneven pace and storytelling compromise a promising cast and premise. It starts by building two well-established characters in unrelated parallel stories. One is a terrorist fighting the Irish government; the other is a New York cop with a strong belief in following the rules. Both characters are interesting and when the Irishman comes to America to buy weapons, things seem to take a fascinating turn when he gets housing from the police officer. Regretfully the good execution ends. Somehow, these two men form a close family-like bond. The problem is there is little explanation or development to make those genuine connections. When the action attempts to pick up, the emotional and moral conflict of the two main characters should be intense, but they are not. It loses momentum and slows down, in spite of the action picking up. It is frustrating how brutally uneven it is. To make matters worse ending is sad and unsatisfying. Harrison Ford is a very good fit for his role. Brad Pitt is not as ideal; He comes across as an American trying to act Irish. Still he has presence and holds greater potential than where this movie has. Alan Pakula is a normally a better director than this. I would expect him to tell the story with more feeling, precision, and clarity.
billythemountain2003
December 28, 2013
It wanted to be a clever, politically driven psychological thriller, but it didn't quite manage it, instead all we got was another movie about America's claim to be the moral majority. Pity.
Jan S.
November 27, 2013
Wasted most of it's potential. What a shame.
November 12, 2013
Frankie (Brad Pitt) is a member of the IRA whose father was gunned down in front of his family when Frankie was just eight years old. In 1992 Frankie is forced to flee from Northern Ireland following a shootout in Belfast that leaves policemen and soldiers dead in the streets along with members of Frankie's group. Deciding he needs missiles, Frankie assumes the name of Rory, heads to New York and stays with Tom O'Meara (Harrison Ford) and his family. Rory pretends he has secured work at a building site but he and his friend, Martin (David O'Hara) are looking to procure missiles to take back to Belfast to further their cause. Tom is a police sergeant who warms to Rory as do all his family but as time goes by, Tom begins to suspect his guest has secrets to hide. This is a distinctly average thriller with often questionable Irish accents, but there are some decent shoot-outs on offer. The ending is predictable though and unfortunately quite cheesy which takes much of the gloss away.
September 30, 2013
Fine actor he may be but brad pitt ruined this movie for me with that atrocious accent
Adrian B.
September 9, 2013
Firstly, people need to stop being pretentious every time an American actor puts on a foreign accent - as if any of you could do better, and surprise surprise, it does require a lot of work.
On the film itself, I found that the first half was pretty slow, and the ending pretty sloppy. Certain middle segments were enjoyable, but the action was also a tad cliché.
I wasn't sure whether to give this an overall positive or negative review, but considering the message of the film, I had to opt for negative.
April 9, 2012
What a fantastic movie. I'm guessing a lot of people did not get the point of the movie are probably not Irish. As man man with Irish blood flowing through his veins I can easily understand the conflict of where your loyalties are at. Having the courage to stand up for what's right is thicker than any bond.
July 6, 2013
"The Devil's Own" is a slightly-below-average action film. The couple of action sequences are pretty cool and Brad Pitt's Irish accent is reason enough to watch this film, but the story is just kind of "eh..." and the characters just aren't that likeable, earning a shoulder shrug at the emotional conclusion. Anyways, back to Pitt's accent. If you had never seen him in anything else, you would totally believe that he is Irish. The accent is spot on and this is included in my evidence to prove that he has much more talent than he often gets credit for. Unfortunately, that's really the end of my compliments for this film. The characters just don't develop and the story does not inspire any sort of personal support or opposition for the Irish Republican Army. Realistically, I would only recommend this film to someone who is a huge Brad Pitt fan or who watches so many movies that they've already checked all of the "Great" and "Good" action films off of their list.
May 17, 2013
This was a pretty cool film if you ask me.
Dave J
May 8, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

(1997) The Devil's Own
POLITICAL DRAMA/ THRILLER

The backstory involves the Brad Pitt character as Frankie McGuire gun battling against the English squat team and then placing him as one of England's "Most wanted" IRA fugitive. After he escapes, he is then gets sent to a new mission which was to go to New York City of the United States to illegally buy arms for the IRA cause for a temporary stay with a respected unsuspected police sergeant Tom Drags(Harrison Ford) and his family and at the same time using a different alias. He then gets himself mixed up with a seedy night club owner but who's also an arms dealer on the side played by Treat Williams. Although, this guy has the weapons ready for him, the Brad Pitt character is then having second thoughts about buying the guns from Treat Williams character because of his bonding with Tom's family. For he starts to fight his own demons at the same time whether he should continue to do this arms deal or not which is why it may be called "The Devil's Own".

After my second viewing, I finally realized why this film wasn't very good at all despite staring two respected actors whereas it almost seemed that the film tried to appeal to American audiences by including a typical American family into this which is an unlikely scenario. As a matter of fact, the film drags it's viewers to this Norman Rockwell- like family before deciding to place the Ford character into an unethical situation himself. Out of all the films about the IRA I have to say this is one of the worst forgettable ones I had ever seen. See "Cal" starring Helen Mirren instead.

1 out of 4 stars
April 21, 2013
A disappointing entry in the IRA thriller sub-genre. Ford and Pitt try their best, but Pitt was miscast and both were betrayed by a mediocre scrpt.
July 5, 2007
Harrison Ford! and Brad Pitt! Sounds great, doesn't it? It's not. Ford started to take on increasingly bad film roles after 'The Fugitive'. What happened?
horse c.
February 22, 2013
Good Film. Suspenseful
January 30, 2013
The story of a doomed friendship between an IRA activist and the American man welcoming him into his home. A dull paced and uninteresting film, lazily executed and acted.
December 30, 2012
Directed by Alan J. Pakula (Klute (1971), The Parallax View (1974), All The President's Men (1976) and Sophie's Choice (1982)), this is a taut thriller which already feels dated and is quite ignorant towards Northern Ireland as well. It had the potential to be a good film, but it's let down by a poor script. With top talent on board in front and behind the camera, you'd have expected better from all involved. In 1992, IRA Gunman Frankie McGuire (Brad Pitt) is wanted by the British Army in Northern Ireland and after a shootout involving the SAS, McGuire escapes and manages to escape to America, posing as an Irish citizen under the name of Rory Devaney. In America, he meets up with IRA supporter Judge Peter Fitzsimmons (George Hearn), who has "Rory" stay with New York police Sergeant Tom O'Meara (Harrison Ford) and his family. Frankie uses his time in America to arrange the smuggling of weapons back to Ireland, through black market dealer Billy Burke (Treat Williams). However, Tom finds out "Rory's" past, and things get dangerous when Tom's family are threatened. It should have been a good film, but it hasn't aged well, and it's a shame that this came to bee Pakula's final film, considering the great films he made in the past, he deserved to have gone out on a better note than this one.
December 15, 2012
Not your best choices gentlemen.
December 7, 2012
I dont recall all of this?????
November 14, 2012
pretty good thriller drama
October 5, 2012
Despite its Many Flaws, The Devil's Own remains a strangely Appealing and Memorable Film. Well Acted by Ford and Pitt. 68/100
Mike A.
November 11, 2012
Decent action thriller. The cast is just OK, Brad Pitt as an Irishman doesn't quite work. The main problem with this movie is the story, the scenes are too fragmented which makes the story hard to follow at times.
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