The Devil Has a Name (2019)

The Devil Has a Name (2019)
5.0
  • 161
  • R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release year: 2019 ()
  • Running time: \N min
  • Original Title: The Devil Has a Name
  • Voted: 161

A psychotic oil matriarch leaves the whole industry exposed when she attempts to outfight a bullish farmer whose water has been poisoned.

  • Oil and water don't mix! by 9

    An evocative film based on a true story of an everyday farmer battling the injustices of the judicial system as well as corporate oil money. Strong performances from a well known cast.

  • Good Message to Hear by 9

    In a time of heightened personal opinion about oil and agriculture industries, this film helps shed light on some hard truths about both. Olmos uses apparently true events to create a narrative of an aging farmer from a dusty town struggling with the problem of the groundwater he uses for irrigation being polluted by a negligent oil company - a company, with any probability, that holds the farmer hostage as he relies on big corporate oil to fuel his day-to-day operations.

  • Great acting by 7

    This show is worth seeing!!Frustrating that pollution like this is allowed in California, hope this movie can draw attention to it.

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  • Slaying the Slippery Dragon... by 7

    People, population and ecology destroyers like Shore Oil are more like eels than dragons. Writhing around leaving trails of slime to distort the truth and cloud the waters, waters already soured and poisoned by there ill gotten gains. This isn't the most accomplished ecological fight film you're likely to have come across but it bolsters a perpetual theme that needs to be continually reinforced. Kate Bosworth is excellent as Gigi and we've all come across Tahmoh Penikett's character Anders on our travels, as he plays the white privileged man who knows better than everyone else and believes he's immortal.

  • Well intended but dreadfully boring eco-drama by 7

    "The Devil Has A Name" (1029 release; 97 min.) brings the story of a Central California farmer's fight against big oil. As the movie opens, we are reminded this is "Inspired by True Events" and we get to know Fred, whose farmland has been in his family for decades. But Shore Oil & Gas realizes that the underground contains valuable resources and desperately wants to buy Fred's land, and it will not stop at anything... At this point we are 10 min. into the film, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

    Couple of comments: this movie not only stars Edward James Olmos (among many other big names), but he also directed and produced. Edward James Olmos has always been known for his eco and social activism, and this movie is no exception. You can easily feel the good intentions in this "little guy vs. big oil" eco-drama, and this could've made for riveting viewing similar to, say, last year's "Dark Waters". Alas I regret to inform you that this film is anything but riveting. In fact, the film is dreadfully boring, plain and simple, and the reason is obvious very quickly: a terribly weak script is what dooms this movie, with an eco-message that is as subtle as a bull in a china shop. In addition to Edward James Olmos, this also stars David Strathairn (as Fred), Kate Bosworth (as GiGi, a Shore Oil executive), and last but not least Martin Sheen, looking good as the "lawyer who killed the Pinto" who takes on Fred's case.

    "The Devil Has a Name" premiered over a year ago at the 2019 LA Latino Film Festival to so-so acclaim, and now is getting a short run in selected theaters. It opened this weekend at my local art house theater here in Cincinnati, which strictly adheres to all COVID-19 protocols. Not that it mattered, as the Friday early evening screening where I saw this at was a private screening: I was the only person in the theater. I can't see this playing n the theater for more than a week, to be honest. If you have any interest in eco-dramas or simply are a fan of Edward James Olmos, Martin Sheen or Kate Bosworth, I'd suggest you check this out, be it in the theater (if you still can), on VOD, eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.

#PersonCrew
1Ariel Marxcomposer
2Mark Tschanzcomposer
3Edward James Olmosdirector
4Patrick Hiblerproducer
5Stephen McEveetyproducer
6Robert McEveetywriter