Did you know that there was a Christian Movies Preview site? And did you know they have one of the most absurd but marketable movie previews ever? A washed up janitor turned law student decides to sue the devil for 8 trillion bucks in Suing the Devil. From a marketing standpoint, it’s a genius idea. Who wouldn’t want to see the devil get sued? If he existed, that is. Here’s the rest of the premise, “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.”
So this is sort of like Miracle on 34th St. with Santa Claus because in order to sue the devil you have to believe he exists and as we all know, the devil would never show up and you’d be laughed at by the court–if you were allowed to even bring this into a courtroom at all. Now we could look at this as a metaphorical play, except guess what? The filmmakers, by all appearances, believe in the literal devil.
The cast is impressive: Malcolm McDowell as the devil, Tom Sizemore, and one of our Freethunk favorites for the best TV Dad in Psych Corbin Bernsen who we also reviewed recently as a director for his film Rust (2010).
Malcolm McDowell is well known to the Freethunk site because he voiced the narration for the Pom Wonderful commercial that seems to upset everyone because of a snake wrapping itself around a naked Eve (I think that post has gotten more comments than any other and it’s a friggin’ commercial). Let’s not forget the lead in the movie, the amateur lawyer Luke O’ Brien played by Bart Bronson. This may be his first film role as IMDB has nothing else on him. I envy him as he is up against McDowell.
But why is McDowell starring in this literalist piece of fiction? I can guess why some of the other guest actors may appear but is it because McDowell couldn’t resist the idea of playing Satan? Certainly McDowell doesn’t seem to fit into this Christian worldview, but then I must note that I am basing this on his body of work including the recent Halloween 2. Or is this simply where the paying work is? Christian filmmakers continue to add affordable star power to their roster in an ever diversifying market.
I like the premise as a metaphorical idea on individual responsibility, but you can see by the trailer it spirals down into the faith conversion and per a Dove review, as they got an advanced screening, they say, “We find in this film that Satan still can’t stand to have scripture quoted at him! Satan states in the movie that the Bible is fiction but he sure squirms when it is used against him.”
Sigh…I will most certainly watch this when it is accessible but it looks to be a Christian fantasy feature.