Devil's Advocate

D: Taylor Hackford
Warner Bros. (Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson & Anne Kopelson)
USA 🇺🇸 1997
144 mins


W: Jonathan Lemkin & Tony Gilroy [based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman]
DP: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Ed: Mark Warner
Mus: James Newton Howard
PD: Bruno Rubeo

Keanu Reeves (Kevin Lomax), Al Pacino (John Milton), Charlize Theron (Mary Ann Lomax), Jeffrey Jones (Eddie Barzoon), Judith Ivey (Edith Lomax), Connie Nielsen (Christabella Andreoli), Craig T. Nelson (Alexander Cullen)

A horror twist on the courtroom drama, playing wholly on the concept that the devil owns a law firm which specialises in getting the guilty acquitted, free to roam the streets to sin again. Unfortunately, this is as satirical as it gets and the final 15 minutes descends into incredulity.
Keanu Reeves is less wooden than usual as hotshot lawyer Kevin Lomax, whilst Al Pacino gets to ham it up and shout a lot as John Milton, the firm's owner. The best performance in the film belongs to newcomer Charlize Theron, delivering a solid big screen breakthrough as Lomax's wife.

Keanu Reeves & Al Pacino in Devil's Advocate
Keanu Reeves & Al Pacino in Devil's Advocate