Reviewed by: Dave Rettig
Keanu Reeves stars as Kevin Lomax, a very successful criminal defense attorney. Kevin Lomax never loses. In fact, guilty or not, Lomax’s client are always acquitted by a “friendly jury.” So successful is the young barrister, that he receives an invitation to work at a prestigious international law firm. From backwater Florida to a high rise apartment complex in New York, Kevin and Mary Ann Lomax are quickly thrust into a life of money, power, and sex. Yet, little does the neophyte realize the senior partner and his own personal mentor, John Milton, is Satan (Al Pacino).
“Devil’s Advocate” is very offensive. There is a tremendous amount of sexual content including innumerable nude scenes, several explicit sex scenes, and references to heinous sex acts. The movie is littered with profanity, loaded with violence, and contains a number of occult references. This movie, by any measuring stick, deserves the lowest possible rating for Christian content. Except for one thing…
“Devil’s Advocate” is offensive, but the movie is about offensive topics: Satan and sin. This movie does not glorify sin but exposes it as the tools of a devious, fallen angel. Unlike most movies, in which sin has no consequence, “Devil’s Advocate” shows the consequences of sin. Despite atrocious content, this movie does represent the Bible-believing Christians view of Satan and sin and how we are deceived by the deceiver.
I am not promoting viewing this movie. I would ardently urge anyone under 21 or anyone who struggles with sexual sin to shun this movie. If you are determined to see this film, regardless of the above warnings, go with some non-Christian friends and use this film as a bridge to talk about the reality and consequence of sin, the devil and his plans, and the free gift of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Year of Release—1997