144 Min | Drama – Mystery – Thriller | December 1997
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron
Devil’s Advocate Review: The Devil’s Advocate was just something different. It did not try to be deep and certainly did not take itself seriously making it good. It fortunately just follows its own path and throws you into a whole different world. The acting in the Devil’s Advocate was average. Keeanu Reeves was horrible as usual but Al Pacino fit his character perfectly. He seemed to have more fun with this role more than any other movie he has been in. He portrayed all the temptations we have inside of us. He kind of gave a glimpse of what type of person you would be when giving into those temptations and how it will just transform into something that is not human at all. Charlize Theron also gave a very interesting performance as she falls apart because of her loneliness and paranoia.
The only problem I had with her performance is that she seemed as if she had some sort of southern accent at the beginning but it quickly vanished as you get deeper and deeper into the movie. Directing, cinematography and writing were all good. Especially the cinematography making you feel as if not only the characters becoming more and more corrupt but as if the camera in which is looking into the story of Devil’s Advocate, is being corrupted as well. So much of this happens it feels as if this movie just spins out of control which is probably a mistake of the director.
Devil’s Advocate does not portray the devil as a horrible crime riddled thing. It shows that the devil is inside of us and that devil is our temptations. Are temptation run through every little thing. Money, power, relationships and anything else that could give us a thrill. It shows that if we give into to our temptations it will not only reflect ourselves but become us. Devil’s Advocate is perhaps a little light on scares and gore for some horror fans, but there is a genuinely creepy atmosphere to compensate, the script is gripping and imaginative enough that one soon forgets about the lack of stuff like bowel-loosening jumps and exploding heads, and to top it all, Charlize Theron and Connie Nielsen both get completely starkers.