The Devil's Own Reviews
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.
(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