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I think there are a lot of films that belong lower on the shelf than this one. I don’t understand the criticism is seems to gather. Ford and Pitt are excellent leads and the character development is great. Underrated for sure
Attractive and affecting. The very thing this film has been criticised for is what makes it quite special. A parable about choice more than anything else.
Interesting story with really good characters.
Starring big stars Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt The Devil's Own is a strange film- While The Devil's Own doesn't do a spectacular job of fulfilling the promise of its cast or its complex politics-and-guns premise, it is nevertheless reasonably well-paced. The less intently you watch this movie, the greater the chance that you'll be pleased by it. Unfortunately, if you're paying attention, it won't take long to notice that very little of the last act holds together. That sort of high-tension, mind-numbing climax makes it difficult for me to retain more than token enthusiasm for the production as a whole. Pitt and Ford do credible jobs as Frankie and Tom. Despite his character's brutal, bloody past, Pitt manages to capture our sympathy, in large part because, aside from the killings, Frankie seems like a likable sort of guy. Ford, in a role that's a far cry from the cocky Han Solo, recalls Jack Ryan, the protagonist of Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger -- a hero whose armor is just a little too shiny. (Watch it for Pitt and Ford).
A cop's crisis of conscience is at the heart of The Devil's Own.
Alan J. Pakula directed this excellent thriller with a deft eye for intriguing shots and suspenseful action. Behind the hail of bullets and tender conversations is an empathy for both the IRA and the NYPD's motives. The Devil's Own (1997) is a testament to ethics, morality, and justice. All the bloodshed is not worth the wasted lives that die in their causes. Despite the film's lack of backstory for The Troubles in Ireland or the IRA, it gets to the heart of how people justify their actions.
I found The Devil's Own a fascinating character study of Harrison Ford's police officer and Brad Pitt's IRA terrorist commander. You see how Pitt warms up to Ford's family and lifestyle. It makes you think of how Pitt's character is thrust into his life rather than choosing it. I do not think the criticisms of The Devil's Own hold water. It is not trying to be a historical documentary about the IRA, it is a thriller and a brilliantly executed one at that.
Pitt's Irish accent is pretty good, despite him improving and polishing his accent in Snatch (2000). I found his acting quite compelling as he carries you through each scene with a cool confidence impressive for such a young actor. Ford gives one of his rare passionate performances wherein he actually tries. I liked the dynamic between the two men in the lead and how they juxtapose different sides of the law.
Overall, perhaps this movie is not the best representation of the IRA, but The Devil's Own is an entertaining movie to the last. Gripping shootouts, tearful performances, heavy drama, and ethical dilemmas elevate The Devil's Own to one of my favorite Brad Pitt films.
The Devil's Own had a lot of production issues and the stars downright disowned the film but its an okay film starring A listers Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt and directed by 70s maverick Alan J Pakula. The thriller aspects are subdued though the quieter moments between characters such as when Pitt visits Ford's family are quite good. The critics at the time criticized the film for getting the historical accuracies wrong but then what do you expect in a medium such as film which is meant to entertain first. (A cursory glance, nothing more).
The Devil's Own had a lot of production issues and the stars downright disowned the film but its an okay film starring A listers Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt and directed by 70s maverick Alan J Pakula. The thriller aspects are subdued though the quieter moments between characters such as when Pitt visits Ford's family are quite good. The critics at the time criticized the film for getting the historical accuracies wrong but then what do you expect in a medium such as film which is meant to entertain first.
Good film very young Brad Pitt
Harrison Ford has made some good action thrillers, this is not one of them.