Monday, October 12, 2020

THE DEVIL HAS A NAME Film Review October 12, 2020

The Devil Has A Name

Reviewed: 10/9/2020
Momentum Pictures
Rating: 4 / 5

In Theaters, On Digital and On Demand October 16, 2020. 

Morality plays a large part in the new film “The Devil Has A Name”. If you keep doing what you do and the consequence is less than if you do the right thing, keep doing what you do. That’s the crux of this film which is based on true events.

David Straitharn plays a farmer whose water is polluted by a large oil company. One of the top executives of the oil company (played by Kate Bosworth) is assigned to the case to basically cover it up by buying out the farmer.

When he refuses to sell, the oil company plays hardball knowing that they will almost always win in court.

(David Strathairn as Fred Stern in the drama, THE DEVIL HAS A NAME, a Momentum Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures.)

“The Devil Has A Name” does its best to show where the interests lay for these huge corporations. It also shows what they will do to protect their bottom line at any costs.

David Straitharn was excellent in his lead role as the farmer with a heart. His working relationship with his farm boss (played by Edward James Olmos - who also directed the film) is also done well.

Kate Bosworth plays her character as the ruthless executive perfectly. As the story unfolds, she sees the bigger picture for her company that even the current CEO doesn’t see until it’s too late.

((L-R) Kate Bosworth as Gigi and Haley Joel Osment as Alex in the drama, THE DEVIL HAS A NAME, A Momentum Pictures Release. Photo courtesy Momentum Pictures.)

The David VS Goliath plot has been popularized over the years in many films. In “The Devil Has A Name” the story is handled well by director Edward James Olmos but it also lacks the emotional punch to the gut to take it over the top. The performances by all of the actors were very memorable (including Haley Joel Osment as a snake in the grass pawn).

I enjoyed “The Devil Has A Name”.

Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

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