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Film Review - Devil's Advocate, The
Keanu Reeves has never been my favorite actor. He rarely moves me to forget who I'm watching on the screen. Mind you, he's got a lot of company in Hollywood, but in general, I don't think much of Mr. Reeves.
That said, The Devil's Advocate is probably Reeves' best performance since Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure because the truth is, I did stop thinking that I was watching Reeves. It's Al Pacino I never lost sight of. Pacino is Pacino in this film. I kept thinking of his portrayal of Lt. Col. Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman. No Academy Awards for acting in this film. Enough about that.
The Devil's Advocate is all about ... no I can't tell you that. It would be telling. The Devil's Advocate is about a young lawyer (Reeves) who has never lost a case. He is recruited by a large New York law firm owned and run by ... the Devil (Pacino). There's lots of temptation in this film, which kept reminding me of The Last Temptation of Christ. This was fun, because it's when you push someone to the edges of their morality, that you find out the juicy bits. The Devil's Advocate is really a character film with a few magic tricks tossed in here and there.
Because this is a character piece, it's very easy to get sucked into it. Toss in a really slick twist at the end, and you'll probably like this one.
Directed by Taylor Hackford
Released in 1997
MPAA Rating: R
Reviewed by Mongo