Film: The Devil's Advocate
Kevin Lomax: What are you?For the trope, see here.The Devil's Advocate
is a 1997 Thriller
film starring Keanu Reeves
, Al Pacino
and Charlize Theron
, and based on a novel by Andrew Neiderman.
It follows the career of a lawyer, Kevin Lomax, as he gets entangled with the demonic forces that are helping him on the road to success. He ultimately faces off against the origin of this positive influence and the horrors of his own origin.
Notable for Al Pacino
"CREATING AN ORGY INVOLVING ALL OF NEW YORK CITY!
" And that's an understatement.
Provides Examples Of:
- Married to the Job: Before he signs on with Milton, Kevin is heavily invested in his career and his wife is just as enthusiastic about it. Afterwards, well... not so much.
- Meaningful Name / Lou Cypher: John Milton refers to the author of Paradise Lost, the original Sympathy for the Devil poem.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Craig T. Nelson's character is an obvious Expy of Donald Trump.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Reeves starts off his performance affecting a passable Southern accent, appropriate for Lomax's Florida background. It vanishes rather quickly.
- Obvious Second Choice: Evidently the filmmakers wanted to end the film with "Sympathy For The Devil" By The Rolling Stones. It would seen they had to settle for less appropriate "Paint It Black." (your Mileage May Vary)
- Occult Law Firm: Run by Satan himself.
- One-Winged Angel: Almost completely literal, as Milton transforms into a Fallen Angel at the climax. (His minions, too, occasionally enjoy flashing fanged grins out of their otherwise perfectly human faces.)
- Post Rape Taunt: "Well, on a scale of 1 to 10 — 10 being the most depraved act of sexual theatre known to man, 1 being your average Friday night run-through at the Lomaxes' household — I'd say, not to be immodest, Mary Ann and I got it on at about... seven.
- Pride: The theme of Pride/Vanity as an engine of destruction runs all through the plot of the film, namely because it makes you careless and imprudent or just drags you into the affairs that will surely and painfully bite you in the ass. Even the father of the sin himself is not invulnerable to its pernicious influence. At one point, he describes it as his favorite sin and the most "natural" as it stems from a "love of self".
- Rage Against the Heavens: Milton's climactic rant, and by extension, his entire existence.
- Rock Me, Asmodeus!: Averted here, as this version of Satan prefers the show tunes of Frank Sinatra.
- Sanity Slippage: Mary Ann starts out as much of a go-getter as her husband, but between being becalmed in their huge apartment, the shallowness of the other wives, and the evil surrounding them, she unravels completely.
- Satan: Al Pacino, and he isn't subtle about it.
- Seven Deadly Sins: The story focuses on Pride for the better part of the film (it is the devil's favorite sin), but the others are represented at various points throughout the film.
- Kevin lusts after Christabella.
- He also shows a bit of sloth in not actively doing what he knows is right during more than one case.
- Greed rears it's head in the riches that Kevin is granted... as long as he keeps bending the rules.
- It could be said that envy is part of the reason that Kevin goes along with everything. He wants what others have in the field of law. The fame, the riches, the everything. No matter how he has to get it.
- Lucifer tells him he could have stopped at any point and even gave him multiple options to stop, but Kevin didn't want to, showing his gluttony.
- Lucifer goes mega wrath after Kevin makes his choice. "Free will."
- As stated, pride is the whole point. It is the devil's favorite sin. Pleased to meet you, won't you guess my name?
- Sexposition: While Milton and Kevin have their final dialogue, Christabella undresses herself in order to seduce Kevin. Kevin refuses her and their dialogue continues, while she just keeps standing there completely nude, apparently to give the audience something to stare at while all this talking goes on.
- Shown Their Work: When Milton loses it after Kevin kills himself, rather than turn into a demon like Christabella or his other minions, he sprouts black wings. Satan, by most accounts of biblical lore, has often been known as a former angelic being prior to his banishment from Heaven.
- Simple Country Lawyer: Kevin is a very literal example.
- Slashed Throat: Mary Ann does this to herself . Right in front of him.That scene is probably more disturbing than all of the previous face-morphing scenes combined.
- Super Breeding Program: Satan's big plan is get Kevin and his half-sister Christabella to have sex and conceive The Antichrist.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Much of Milton's Villainous Breakdown is pretty much played for tragedy. The music alone sounds like something out of a tragic death scene.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Milton views Kevin this way at the climax, when the entire plot is foiled by Kevin shooting himself. ("HAVEN'T I GIVEN ENOUUUUUGH?!")
- Villainous Breakdown: After Kevin kills himself, Milton quite literally erupts.
- Voice Changeling: Milton
- Wicked Cultured: John Milton, naturally.