Just as the Devil seduces our dark side, director Taylor Hackford uses his filmmaking skills to make audiences want to like The Devil's Advocate. This is a very slick production with polished photography, tasteful production design and big star power. The fact that it ultimately falls from its elevated appearance can be laid at two doors. Hackford clearly lets the tone wander from social commentary to horror film to satire. Whether in the script or the editing, an audience is left with an emptiness in that place you are supposed to feel something. The other major problem is that Al Pacino is so far over the top as the Devil, making this a performance show instead of building a character. Me, I think this film would have worked much better with a silkier, less obvious performing Devil. Now, I admit Pacino is often entertaining in his broad mannerisms and one can sense the obvious relish he takes in making devilish pronouncements, but it takes me out of the story.
Starring alongside Pacino is Keanu Reeves.
He plays the hot shot Southern lawyer recruited by a big city firm for his uncanny ability
to pick winning juries. Reeves holds his own against the theatrics of Pacino, acquitting himself
nicely in the role. Beautiful Charleze Theron plays Reeves' savvy wife who finds herself out of her
league in New York. Her performance is heart rending, though the script is not always cooperative
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