Reviewed by: Cary Valdez—first time reviewer
Satan in the Bible
Is Satan a real person that influences our world today? Is he affecting you? Answer
How can we know there’s a God? Answer
What if the cosmos is all that there is? Answer
If God made everything, who made God? Answer
What does God say? Answer
Is Jesus Christ God? Answer
Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer
Are you good enough to get to Heaven? Answer
How good is good enough? Answer
Will all mankind eventually be saved? Answer
Malcolm McDowell … Satan
Corbin Bernsen … Barry Polk
Tom Sizemore … Tony ’The Hip’ Anzaldo
Rebecca St. James … Jasmine Williams
Shannen Fields … Gwen O’Brien
Bart Bronson … Luke O’Brien
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|Director:||Timothy A. Chey—“The Genius Club, “Impact: The Passion of the Christ”|
Mouthwatering Productions (Australia) Malcolm McDowell … producer
David Turrell … producer
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“Let the spiritual battle begin…”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Luke O’Brien, a washed-up salesman turned night law student, decides to sue Satan for $8 trillion dollars. On the last day before Luke files a default judgment, Satan appears to defend himself. On Satan’s legal team are 10 of the country’s best trial lawyers. The entire world watches on Legal TV to see who will win the Trial of the Century.”
I can hardly find words to express how grand this film is—superb acting and story, with lot of action, drama and emotion—but the stunning message, that the devil’s greatest lie is he doesn’t exist, is what carries “Suing the Devil” to the end.
Malcolm McDowell, as the devil, packs a powerful, mesmerizing, punching performance to the very end, and without him, we wouldn’t be talking about this film, as much. This is probably his finest performance.
The movie has an eerie tension to it that begins with the first scene, and crescendos to the final confrontation between Luke (Bart Bronson) and the devil. The ending is one of the best in recent cinema history and culminates to an incredible feel-good, uplifting ending.
“Suing the Devil” does not portray the devil as a horrible being, but rather takes the C. S. Lewis approach that the devil is the same being that “tricked” Eve thousands of years earlier. I love this approach the filmmakers took—it’s a profoundly layered film that drips of intelligence, so lost among all films today, not just faith-based.
The film is unabashedly unashamed of the message it brings of God, which is also stunning and extremely admirable. The pastor proving God exists in 30 seconds or less on the witness stand is the moment I knew I was watching an instant classic. Name me a single movie that engages apologetics so entertainingly? I sat back tickled at the wonders each scene unfolded—snake in the courtroom anyone?
The ending brings a new, unpredictable and great twist to the story. I will not give it away. The supporting cast is pretty strong, especially Corbin Bernsen (“L.A. Law” TV series), who plays a wickedly funny legal commentator, along with Tom Sizemore (“Saving Private Ryan” “The Genius Club”) and Rebecca St. James.
But the film hinges everything on Malcolm McDowell’s performance, and he doesn’t let down; his performance is so compelling and mind-boggling you actually can’t wait until he returns to the screen. I can’t remember a performance this affecting in ages.
This is an absolute masterpiece. “Suing the Devil” is a movie that I will see again and again and will keep getting better.
Violence: None / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: None
Official site: suingthedevil.com
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.