THE NEWEST ATTORNEY AT THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL LAW FIRM HAS NEVER LOST A CASE. BUT HE’S ABOUT TO LOSE HIS SOUL.
Florida attorney Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) is recruited by John Milton (Al Pacino), a senior partner at a powerful New York law firm, but Lomax and his wife (Charlize Theron) soon discover that their new acquaintances can be disturbing… Much of this film is set in courtrooms and swank NYC locations, but Satan’s presence and elements of horror is deftly weaved into it as Taylor Hackford slowly builds an atmosphere of dread – especially for Theron (who’s very good). Intriguing, with Pacino a perfect choice to play a charismatic prince of darkness, but the film suffers a bit from a talky climax and a twist that isn’t fully satisfying.
1997-U.S. 144 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Taylor Hackford. Screenplay: Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy. Novel: Andrew Neiderman. Cast: Al Pacino (John Milton), Keanu Reeves (Kevin Lomax), Charlize Theron (Mary Ann Lomax), Jeffrey Jones, Judith Ivey, Connie Nielsen… Craig T. Nelson, Heather Matarazzo. Cameos: Delroy Lindo, Don King.
Trivia: At one point, Joel Schumacher was allegedly considered for directing duties, with Brad Pitt as Lomax.
Quote: “Who, in their right mind Kevin, could possibly deny the twentieth century was entirely mine.” (Pacino to Reeves)