Devil's Advocate (1997) Movie Review

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Devil's Advocate (1997)

1997 | R | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
144 minutes / 2h 24min

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Devil's Advocate Plot Synopsis:

Kevin Lomax, a ruthless young Florida attorney that never lost a case, is recruited by the most powerful law firm in the world. In spite of his mother's disagreement, which compares New York City to Babylon, he accepts the offer and the money that comes along. But soon, his wife starts feeling homesick as she witnesses devilish apparitions. However, Kevin is sinking in his new cases and pays less and less attention to his wife. His boss and mentor, John Milton, seems to always know how to overcome every problem and that just freaks Kevin right off.

Devil's Advocate (1997) Review

The Devil’s Advocate (1997) is a rated R 2h 24 min American supernatural drama mystery thriller film that was based on Andrew Neiderman‘s novel also titled, The Devil’s Advocate. The movie had an estimated budget of $57 million and grossed over $152 million at the box office. Director and executive producer Taylor Hackford (Ray (2004), Parker (2013), Proof of Life (2000)) did an exquisite job execution this phenomenal movie that is still enjoyed today.

The Devil’s Advocate revolves around Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves - The Matrix (1999), John Wick (2014), Speed (1994)) who is a brilliant young lawyer who shines with vanity and pride. Kevin takes pleasure in winning every case and pays close attention to every fact there is about his case. John Milton (Al Pacino - The Godfather (1972), Scarface (1983), Heat (1995), The Godfather: Part II (1974)) is a partner in a New York law firm name Milton, Chadwick & Waters. John scrutinizes Kevin’s talent after John gives Kevin a large sum of money for the jury selection and offers him a job. The job is no regular job as it comes with an exclusive apartment, an outrageous salary, and other enticing things. Will Kevin accept this offer and go against his morality?

Kevin moves to Manhattan with his wife Mary Ann (Charlize Thereon - Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Monster (2003), Prometheus (2012), Hancock (2008)) soon after the offer although his mother warned him. Kevin could not be any happier with his life as it is grand. John is also a lawyer, but he helps with the corruption of the world. Kevin began leaving his wife for several hours at a time after he started thinking of Christabella (Connie Nielsen - Gladiator (2000), One Hour Photo (2002), Wonder Woman (2017)) as more than a co-worker/lawyer.

Kevin is soon faced with a few high profile cases including that of Alexander Cullen (Craig T. Nelson - The Incredibles (2004), Coach (1989-1997), Poltergeist (1982), The Proposal (2009)) who Kevin is assigned to defend. John is good at his game as Kevin falls for everything that John throws his way as demons start to torment his wife Mary Anne leading her to go into madness.

The Devil’s Advocate plays like a puzzle with several little pieces that all come together when you finish the puzzle. The Devil’s Advocate is a must-see for all types of fans as it has something for everyone. Al Pacino fans will be ecstatic to see him playing the role of Satan and might I add that he does an excellent job - it is as though he was made for the part.

  • Devil's Advocate Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 7.51
  • IMDB: 7.5
  • MetaCritic: 6.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.6

About Devil's Advocate 1997

Title: Devil's Advocate
AKA: The Devil's Advocate
Year: 1997
Runtime: 144 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.75/5 stars from 293,642 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 293,642
MPAA Rating: R
Devil's Advocate Cast Starring: Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones, Craig T. Nelson, Chris Bauer, Doris McCarthy, Vincent Laresca, John Rothman, Al Cerullo, Monica Keena, Gloria Lynne Henry, Leo Burmester, Adrian Lee, Vyto Ruginis, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Harsh Nayyar, William Hill, Bo Rucker, Nikita Ager, Hollis Granville, Judith Ivey, Michael Lombard, Rony Clanton, Rich Campbell, Susan Kellermann, Tom Riis Farrell, Delroy Lindo, Harold Surratt, Connie Nielsen, Roy Jones Jr.
Devil's Advocate Writers: Andrew Neiderman, Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy
Devil's Advocate Director: Taylor Hackford
Production: Warner Home Video
Language: English, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish
Country: USA, Germany