Saturday, October 25, 2014

year 3 day 127

Hallowe'en Week 2014

movie: The Devil's Advocate
starring:Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino
genre: Crime, Drama,
year: 1997
format: DVD

plot: A young hot shot lawyer relocates his wife to New York for the chance of a lifetime. He soon finds that his lust for his job replaces everything else, including leaving his wife alone all the time causing her to have a mental breakdown. As he continues to win the un-winnable cases, he begins to suffer at the hands of his own conscience. The biggest shock is finding out that his father is the devil.

This is based on the novel of the same name.

I love these the devil made me do it films. This is one of my favourite Keanu Reeves movies.  This is obviously also firmly based on Paradise Lost, with a major nod to John Milton as the Pacino character is named after him.
So here we have a movie that deals with some darker topics from child molestation, to insanity, to murder and incest.  The theme of temptation is the main theme, which hits you over the head like a bunch of bricks. The subjects of vanity and greed run wild through this, giving a sense that it's more grounded in reality then the actual supernatural spin it's taking.

I really liked the idea that the character of the wife is the psychic link/prophet to what's going on, even if no one seems to believe her she manages to see through the lies.
It makes you ask yourself how balanced are you in your own personal scales? Will you tip one way or the other before you admit your faults? 

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