The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Taylor Hackford directs Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron in this erotic demonic legal drama where an ambitious young lawyer takes a job in what obviously is Satan’s office.

Better than I remember but still pretty aimless. It is like someone took the script for Tom Cruise’s The Firm and just swapped out the word Mafia with Lucifer instead. It doesn’t really work as a horror. Only a brief dream sequence symbolising Theron having her reproductive plumbing ripped out unsettles you. And way, way too hammy to be taken seriously as a drama. The big finale in Pacino’s penthouse closes the film on twenty minutes of already covered exposition just when thing should be hotting up. Reeves feels a little miscast doing an accent and having his cool exterior ruffled. But Theron is eagerly game to make her mark in a big project and just about everyone gets their kit off. If you’ve ever wanted to see “Ted” Theodore Logan’s untamed butt crack in close-up then this is the movie for you!

5

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