The Devil's Advocate
Pacino has found a role that allows him to let loose his overbearing histrionics. And his character (the devil) couldn't be better suited to such overwrought acting. If overacting to effectiveness is a surprise, try this one: Reeves gives a sharp performance as a hotshot lawyer who gives in to temptation. Loud, pretentious New York attorney John Milton (!) (Pacino) lures slick Florida lawyer Kevin Lomax (Reeves) to his firm with a luxurious apartment, a killer office, beautiful co-workers and a nice salary. As his cases become more interesting, Kevin begins to neglect his dutiful wife (Theron) and perfunctorily dismiss her stories of seeing demons. Lomax makes the final plunge in Milton's wake when he defends an obviously guilty businessman charged with a triple homicide. Outrageous, yes, but deliciously so.
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