DEVIL'S ADVOCATE

Stars: Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones, Judith Ivey, Craig T. Nelson. Written by Jonathan Lemkin & Tony Gilroy. Directed by Taylor Hackford. Rated R for sex, nudity, adult themes.

"Devilís Advocate" plays for all the world like a remake of "The Firm", with Satan and his cronies standing in for the mob. Letís see if this sounds familiar: a handsome, young hot-shot attorney (Keanu Reeves) is courted by a huge corporation to be its next hired gun in criminal law. Offered a truckload money and countless perks, he and his wife (Charlize Theron) decide that theyíve found heaven on earth and accept. While she spends time with the other corporate wives, he puts in countless hours defending clients whose innocence is suspect. Eventually he learns that the big boss (Al Pacino) is none other than the devil himself and so quickly devises a scheme to get out from under control. Someone must have been taking detailed noted when watching the Grisham thriller starring Tom Cruise.

Watching Al Pacino strut and schmooze as the prince of evil is almost worth the price of the filmís admission. He has such fun with the role that those parts of the film without him suffer in comparison. Keanu Reeves gives a good performance, but when will filmmakers learn to stop giving him accents to play? If you can overlook the filmís borrowed premise, and thatís a big "if", you may find "Devilís Advocate" to be a moderately entertaining drama. However, be sure to leave the kids, even older ones, at home. This film is not for them.


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