The Devil's Advocate Reviews
This was recommended to me by a friend and I never really thought I would see it but one day while flipping channels, there it was so I watched. Holy MOLEY!! Very eye opening - it is so easy to get entangled in things that we should be avoiding. My favorite quote from this movie comes from Al Pacino - "Vanity is my favorite sin".
The end will just blow. your. mind. Totally.
Meet Kevin Lomax, a man whose surname is a total contradiction, and whose lawyering ability is unparalleled. He starts out the movie by successfully defending a pedophile by exploiting the prosecutors witness testimony, which gives him his 64th straight victory in a row. To celebrate, Lomax and Charlize Theron, his wife, go out for drinks where the star lawyer is offered a job in New York City.
The firm in New York has all the frills: a brilliant penthouse office with a stunning view, hot lawyers on staff, and Al Pacino talk-yelling business philosophy at all hours of the day. After getting a top shelf position in the company, Lomax is also given a massive apartment and a ton of sweet perks like business dinners and boxing tickets. Unfortunately, things with Theron are not so hot, and she starts being overcome with horrible visions, racked with guilt, and disillusioned with her future in the city. Meanwhile, Lomax's streak keeps hitting new highs as Al Pacino watches over his pupil who strays farther and farther from his finely tuned moral compass.
The movie is your typical Hollywood production. The music is easy to forget, offering basic ambiance over anything memorable, the editing is standard, and the cinematography and lighting is by the book. The unfortunate effects of this is that the film becomes equally forgettable, and a lot of the impact is reliant on the script, and the acting out of said script. Luckily, both of those things shine through, Charlize Theron's performance as a tortured housewife is a great counterpoint to Pacino's cunning and methodical performance as the Prince of Darkness. All the side characters play their roles well also, creating a roster of minions that slowly close in on Reeves making it seem like there's nowhere left to escape. That also brings us to Reeves. Even though he often stumbles over his accent, sometimes hilariously, he's utilized extremely well, and is ultimately a sympathetic protagonist who battles with the forces of evil, both around him, and from within.
TL;DR - 7/10
The Devil's Advocate could have been a great film, with a script that has turns measured into all the proper positions, and a cast that knows how to deliver them. Unfortunately, the by the numbers approach to telling the story leaves it lost in the milieu of ever other 90s Hollywood thriller. Still, it's ultimately worth a watch on a weeknight.