Although the title of the movie pretty much reveals the story of this masterpiece, I must say that this approach to the subject is much more frightening than visually stunning (not to say that this one isn’t in its own way) and yet emotionless movies. We either get a Devil who is a scary monster, or some sort of force, but we never get a person who is actually allowed to make its case as Al Pacino does so beautifully (one of the best speeches in movie history). This movie is like a musical, but instead of music we have intriguing and thought-provoking script and instead of dancing we have awesome cinematography and camera-work portraying beautiful acting. Although it seems that Keanu isn’t capable of any demanding roles (I guess that he will always be Ted) here he was acceptable, with almighty Al Pacino overshadowing everyone. This movie is for everyone who enjoys the dark side, it takes us on a journey there and shows that it isn’t so bad there, in fact maybe we don’t need to go anywhere…

Kevin Lomax is a young, successful lawyer from Florida, who cares only about winning the case, which he proves after jury acquits his client accused of pedophilia. After this feat, he is summoned to New York by a powerful law firm along with his beautiful wife Mary Ann. This firm is led by a charismatic and mysterious John Milton who seems to know the answer to every question. As Kevin gets more and more caught up in the firm, he grows more distant from his wife who seems to be having visions of the Devil himself. Scared for her and Kevin she urges him to leave the glamorous life in New York and go back to Florida, as Milton tightens his grip on young and impressionable Kevin. Soon Kevin finds out more and more about Milton, and suspects that there is a grander scheme at play here, but is it too late…

Director: Taylor Hackford

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones, Craig T. Nelson, Tamara Tunie

Fun Facts: The character of John Milton is named for John Milton, the author of “Paradise Lost,” the classic epic poem about man’s fall from God’s grace. When Lomax is in Milton’s office at the end of the film, he says “Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven,” from Book I Line 263 of the same work.


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