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The Devil’s Advocate

By | 2018-03-21T18:30:53+01:00 September 5th, 2004|Reviews|

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Date: 1997

Director: Taylor Hackford

Starring: Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Connie Nielson

His Satanic Majesty is Al Pacino, behaving with fiercely turbo-charged brio. Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) is a hotshot Florida lawyer with a gorgeous wife (Mary Ann; Charlize Theron) hired by a high-priced New York City law firm headed by John Milton (Pacino). Milton likes Lomax’s apparent amorality. But strange and corrupt doings are afoot, leaving workaholic Kevin and Mary Ann with a bad taste about the big city. Suddenly, Mary Ann is having devilish visions and wants out of the city. Not so fast, says Milton née Lucifer.

You get the picture — or think you do. Director Taylor Hackford’s movie is rapaciously intelligent and boundlessly energetic. While Pacino’s soliloquies steal the show, Reeves, Theron, and Connie Nielson (lascivious Christabella) are all classy. By far the slickest Satanic flick of the 90s and in the running for an all-time top-10 slot.

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