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What is wrong with movies these days? It seems that nobody
seems to take the Devil, or Satan as he's otherwise known,
all that seriously anymore. Too many times, he's nothing more
than an average dupe who has to wait for a certain time or
a certain series of events to happen for him to gain power.
That and his minions are even more helpless than he.
In Lost Souls, Satan had to wait for the exact moment
a man turned a certain age before he could transform the man
into the antichrist. When that moment finally came, a satanic
glitch in a car clock revealed the king of lies for what he's
worth. In the end, apparently, the devil needed a bulletproof
vest as much as he needed a good watch.
It's this kind of human weakness that leads us to wonder
what Hollywood really thinks about this fallen angel? For
a being who aided in the first sin and has been tormenting
people from Job to Jesus with temptations we'd like to expect
a little more. Most of Hollywood figures he can be tricked
as well as we can.
In the Devil's Advocate, he obviously has the upperhand
until Keanu Reeves chooses to blow his own brains out. It's
at this moment that everything falls apart for Lucifer and
once again, he loses. A similar fate befalls one of his minions
in Fallen with Denzel Washington. The demon Azazel
leaps from one body to the next by touch and has managed to
murder a number of people and ruin the lives of others. His
rampage of terror comes to an end when duped out to the woods
by Washington, who thereby shoots Azazel's newly possessed
body and then poisons himself so as to keep Azazel from finding
a new body. (Unfortunately, though, he does manage to get
into a woodland animal in the nick of time. I guess Hollywood
had to let them win one...)
Of course, the devil has managed to shine, in so much that
he doesn't look like a total buffoon, in a couple movies.
His possession of Linda Blair in the Exorcist and subsequent
possession of a priest in the Exorcist 3 are both excellent
renditions. In both, we get an idea that the scriptwriter
has done his homework.
The list of devil-wannabees is long. Here's a few lackluster
ones that come to mind:
Gabriel Byrne in End of Days
Harvey Keitel in Little Nicky
Robert England in an Episode of Married with Children
Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate
George Burns in Oh God! You Devil
Bill Cosby in The Devil and Max Devlin
What it comes down to is that Hollywood is busy looking for
someone to make out to be a villain. Since the devil can't
sue for slander, he's the best target. First, he gets booted
out of Heaven, then he gets the boot from everyone in Hollywood.