The Devil's Own

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"They come from different worlds. They fight for different causes. Now, two men from opposite sides of the law are about to go to war."
  • R
  • 1997
  • 1 hr 51 min
  • 6.2  (71,234)
  • 53

The Devil's Own is a 1997 crime-thriller film starring Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, and Margaret Colin. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film presents a tense atmosphere mixed with action and drama. Harrison Ford plays Tom O'Meara, an New York City police sergeant, who is a devoted family man with a wife and two daughters. One day, a man named Rory Devaney, played by Brad Pitt, arrives from Northern Ireland and introduces himself as a wealthy businessman looking to invest in the US. However, Tom becomes suspicious of Rory and as it turns out, he is an IRA terrorist who has come to the US to buy weapons for his organization.

Despite the initial distrust, Rory manages to win Tom's favor by posing as an innocent visitor from Ireland. The two men bond, but Tom remains unaware of Rory's true identity. As time goes by, Rory's mission becomes increasingly dangerous, and his personal life starts to fall apart. He begins to become paranoid, and his emotion begins to vacillate between his cause and his relationship with Tom.

As Tom's relationship with Rory deepens, he unwittingly becomes involved in the IRA's plot to export American weapons to Northern Ireland. Tom's involvement puts his life and that of his family at risk. The tense atmosphere of the story is intensified by the strained relationship between Rory and his IRA handler, Sean Phelan, played by Treat Williams.

The film escalates to a climactic finale, a dance of gunfights and espionage. Tom and Rory's relationship comes to an end in a tension-filled shootout that leads to surprising revelations about Rory's true identity and motivations.

The chemistry between the Ford and Pitt is superb, and both actors give top-notch performances. Harrison Ford's portrayal of Tom is impressive, showcasing his range as an actor. Brad Pitt, on the other hand, delivers a daring performance in his interpretation of Rory Devaney, the terrorist with a conscience.

The Devil's Own is a movie that deals with political violence, but it is not a political movie. Instead, it is a story of how two men from vastly different worlds come together, only to have their relationship fall apart. The backdrop of the story is the conflict in Northern Ireland, but the heart of the movie is the bond that develops between Tom and Rory.

The film's direction by Alan J. Pakula is confident, measured, and assured. Pakistan's direction ensures that tension is ever-present, and the story's pacing is just right. Pakula also captures the film's locations to great effect, highlighting the contrasting worlds of the two main characters.

One of the strongest aspects of The Devil's Own is its screenplay. It is an intelligent and nuanced story with well-written characters. The screenplay does an excellent job of exploring the motivations of its protagonists and antagonists, showcasing their ethical dilemmas and emotional struggles.

The music by James Horner is exemplary, well-matched with the action on screen and supporting the tension throughout.

Overall, The Devil's Own is a satisfying thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Ford and Pitt's performances are outstanding, and the story is engaging and thrilling from beginning to end. The film's exploration of the moral complexities of terrorism is thought-provoking, creating an excellent balance between action and drama.

The Devil's Own is a 1997 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 51 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 53.

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    6.2  (71,234)
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