Keanu Reeves stars as a successful young attorney battling for his very soul with Oscar-winner Al Pacino as his sinister boss in the supernatural thriller The Devil's Advocate. Florida lawyer Kevin Lomax (Reeves--The Matrix films) brilliantly defends his guilty clients. Handpicked by John Milton (Pacino--Scent of a Woman, The Godfather films), the most powerful and feared attorney in New York, Kevin leaves his Southern roots, joining an exotic world of luxury cars, unlimited expense accounts and penthouse apartments. But his heavenly new career soon turns into hell as Milton's lure of limitless wealth, sex and fame spins out of control. As the line between fantasy and reality blurs, Kevin no longer sees his employer as just a smooth-talking businessman, but as someone much more ominous. Now, Trapped in an underworld of depravity and greed, can Kevin stop a demonic plan to spread evil well beyond the courtroom?]]>
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"The Devils Advocate" has been compared to "The Firm", but "The Firm" is more drawn out and isn't in with the fantasy or horror genre. Al Pacino really shows his stuff in this, with a more than believable performance that features numerous profound monologues that are always mastered by this Italian legend. His costar, Keanu, hits the target for the first time, bringing genuine emotion and class to the table. Overall, "The Devil's Advocate" is very intriguing, extremely well acted with some impressive special effects. I found this movie to be one of the best of the 90s.
This is a movie of pure brilliant evil. Al Pacino would be great for the last 15 minutes alone when he's over the top, blaspheming against G-d, nature and the American Judicial System. But the fact that Pacino lets himself play it down for most of the movie is great. He's polite. He's suave and there's just something a little off about him. He also lets Keanu have most of the movie. Usually if you are on screen with Pacino, forget about being remembered unless you happened to be DeNiro, but in this movie the director and the actor know how to hang back and make Reeves look good.
Basically this movie is a parable about a lawyer without a conscience or at least without one that is going to stand in the way of winning. Due to his success he gets hired by a high-profile law firm with sinister undertones and begins to get a whole new breed of killers off. Oh yeah, the President of the law firm is Satan.
This movie has some beautiful scenes including the final denoument with Satan and Reeves as well as the empty street of New York City that Keanu Reeves walks over to get to his confrontation. Charlize Theron (sic?Read more ›
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Despite Amazon's refusal to separate the Standard Def release reviews from the Blu Ray reviews, I did not think that the Standard Def version was a bad release. That said, the transfer to Blu Ray is an improvement in terms of color resolution and contrast. There was no perceptible grain and no artifacting, stair-stepping or aliasing in any part of the film. The Blu Ray video is the star of this transfer with nice details in the shadows and a nicely saturated palate of color. Skin tones were as they should be as well.
The lossless audio is DTSHD 5.1 It is the front stage where the audio lives and shines. and while the audio levels are excellent and dialogue is clear and precise, even when the music score comes on, your center channel speaker will get most of the work. There is some small amount of panning across the front stage and light use of your LFE channel. The rear channels are used primarily for non discreet audio ambience with only one scene in the entire film where discreet channeling to the rears comes to play. The audio surprised me then as there had been no use of discreet rears throughout.
The Blu Ray version of The Devils Advocate is certainly worth the inexpensive prices it has been going for but, as I said, the standard def version wasn't too bad and the differences between the two are not night and day. The extras included the typical commentary, some deleted scenes that did not add much to the film and that's about it.Read more ›
(Petals in the Attic.) I read a couple of these, and became interested in the sort of writer who would write them. The books
had a cult following. Turns out, V. C. Andrews was confined to a wheel chair most of her life, never married, and had two brothers,
one quite handsome. She died in her early 60s, and the family hired a ghost writer in secret to continue the series. He was
previously a horror story author. Now he was writing V. C. Andrews-type books in a mincing, little girl manner. This man was
the author of the novel Devil's advocate, upon which this movie was based. I was interested in an author who could shift
gears so drastically and so bought the DVD of his movie.
I found the movie entertaining, but somewhat overwrought. The first half seemed to drag a bit, and the last part a bit
overdone and campy. Excellent special effects, and a fine cast, however. All in all, I enjoyed the movie but not as much
as I had anticipated.
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It's plot left me speechless! Pacino and Reeves! A tour de force! Thanks for this!Published 2 days ago by TheGreatDanton
This movie is about 15-20 yrs old, but it's SO good! The sinister struggle of good vs. evil, greed vs honesty. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Karen Mannino
The scope of this film makes it by far my favorite film of all time. The cinematography, acting, music, storyline and cast are amazing! This film couldn't be done today. Read morePublished 3 days ago by film lover
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