The Devil's Advocate (1997) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|This is really a wonderful bit of escapist
filmmaking. The performers are sterling, the direction is
concise, the photography is lush, the story is
deliciously campy, there are plenty of gorgeous naked
women, and there are two great twist endings, one after
another, neither of which I expected.
is simple. Keanu Reeves plays a brilliant, amoral defense lawyer
who will do anything to maintain his unblemished record
in Northern Florida. His perfect streak draws the
attention of a New York firm which is branching into
criminal law. To induce him to work for them, the firm
dangles unbelievable inducements before his eyes.
As it turns out, the firm is a
little bit more than a law firm. They have their hands in
every bit of evil in the world, and maybe beyond. The
head of the firm, John Milton, seems to have uncanny
powers. He never sleeps. He speaks every language in the
world. Who could he be. Let's see. Let me think, could it
be ....... Satan?
Theron did a full-frontal inside the church
after her sex with the devil, and showed her
breasts earlier in a sex scene with Keanu.
Nielsen also did a full-frontal in the climactic
scene in the devil's penthouse.
- Tamara Tunie
showed her breasts in the dressing room.
look at the summaries below, you'll see that regular
folks like us love the movie, made it a solid hit
throughout the world, and rate it in the 7's, up there
with West Side Story and Titanic. Critics were not so
enthusiastic. I don't think anyone rated it more than
three stars or the equivalent. I guess they think that
every movie has to be Battleship Potemkin.
Personally, I'm with the people
on this one. I think it's fine to make brainless escapist
flicks, as long as they entertain me. This kind of film sure
beats the hell out of Chariots of Fire and other such
high minded but tedious fare. Give me this and Wild
Things and There's Something About Mary and Raiders of the Lost Ark
and even the South Park movie over The English Frigging Patient any
day. I can't say this is a four star movie, because in my
mind four stars is reserved for the greatest of the
great. But I tell ya what, I think it's near the top of
the food chain among the pure entertainment films.
DVD info from Amazon.
this came out a while ago, it is an excellent
DVD. Good transfer, extended scenes, widescreen
version, and full-length commentary, plus several
extras on f/x and more.
|Who better to play the
devil than Al Pacino? He's talented, charming, slightly
debauched looking, and the best damned speechifyer since
William Jennings Bryan. Pacino went over the top, and he
knew it and loved it - exulted in it. Could anybody else
pull this off? If Shatner did it, we'd be laughing, but
Pacino has just enough aplomb to pull off this campy
we've had a few laughs at his expense in movies like
Coppola's Dracula, but Keanu does fine in this type of
movie. Even his cheesy North Florida accent was
General consensus: Two and
a half to three stars. Ebert 2.5/4,
Berardinelli 3/4, Maltin 3/4, Apollo
The People Vote ...
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 7.0 out of 10, one of the
highest ratings among pure escapist films.
Apollo voters score it 78/100.
- With their
dollars ... A very solid hit. Took in $60
million in the USA, another $90 million
overseas, and $25 million so far in
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