Devil’s Advocate

Keanu Reeves.

Fine filmic entertainment it most definitely is.

Aspiring Florida defense lawyer Kevin Lomax accepts a high-powered position at a New York law firm headed by legal shark John Milton. As Kevin moves up in the firm’s ranks, his wife, Mary Ann, has several frightening, mystical experiences that begin to warp her sense of reality. With the stakes getting higher with each case, Kevin quickly learns that his mentor is planning a far greater evil than simply winning without scruples.

Over 20 years ago director Taylor Hackford allowed Al Pacino to have the time of his life camping it up as the devil. This is over-the-top 1990s and it isn’t trying to sell itself as anything but. It’s extravagant and proud – vanity is the devil’s favourite sin. This drama has all the right elements. Charlize Theron shows her promise and Keanu is on the road to Keanudom.

USA 1997, 138 min, R18
Directed by Taylor Hackford
Starring Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones, Craig T. Nelson, Tamara Tunie & Connie Nielson

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