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The Devil's Advocate (1997)

Written By Awir Aditya on Friday, August 10, 2012 | 9:12 AM

Genre: Thriller/Crime/Drama/Fantasy

Starring: Keanu Reaves, Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Jeffrey Jones, Connie Nielsen, Craig T. Nelson

A small-town man captures the eye of a big-city business tycoon who offers him everything in the world. But as so many movies in the past on this plot line have taught us, too much money can cause too much collateral damage. Kevin Lomax (Reaves) is a successful lawyer based in a small town in Florida. Lomax has a record for never losing a case even though he knew his client to be guilty but yet managed to get an acquittal. John Milton (Pacino) a senior partner at Milton, Chadwick and Waters learns of Lomax and his winning streak and offers him a big figure salary in his firm in New York City. A fancy apartment in a prime location and a whole lot of money tempts his wife Mary Ann (Theron) who wants Kevin to accept the offer. However, Kevin's job demands far too much of his time and Mary Ann having no job to spend her time, starts getting increasingly annoyed with staying at home alone day in and day out which starts straining Kevin and Mary Ann's relationship. Although the movie classifies itself as a 'thriller' there isn't too much in it to send chills down your spine. Most of the movie appears to be a rags to riches story and the eventual downfall, but the climax turns out to be surprisingly different. Al Pacino puts on a good performance and there is something about his look in the movie which gives him a very sly and cunning appearance right from his first shot. Theron puts on an outstanding performance, especially in the second half and does every piece of justice to her role. A decent fantasy cum thriller but with a slightly tried and tested story.

Thumbs up: Charlize Theron's fabulous acting
Thumbs down: Stretched, run-of-the-mill story

Rating: 6.2/10
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