Oscar-winning actor (and star of Miami Vice, Blade Runner and Battlestar Galactica) Edward James Olmos has assembled an impressive cast for his latest directorial effort, The Devil Has A Name.
David Strathairn, Kate Bosworth, Haley Joel Osment, Pablo Schreiber, Alfred Molina and Martin Sheen join Olmos in this drama which sees an ambitious oil executive (Bosworth) leaving the industry exposed when she attempts to outwit a widowed farmer (Strathairn) whose water she has poisoned.
Movies in Focus likes the look The Devil Has A Name – who doesn’t enjoy seeing regular people socking-it to the man? It would seem to have similar vibes to Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich.
The Devil Has A Name opens in cinemas, On Demand and Digital 16 October 2020.
Here’s the directors statement from Edward James Olmos:
What’s happening to our World, what we’re letting happen, is nothing short of a tragedy. I know it’s easy to feel powerless to stop it, and it’s even easier to deny it’s happening at all. But at the end of the day, we need to face the fact that no one else is going to stop climate change; no one else is going to heal this Earth. It’s only ever been up to us.
The Devil Has a Name tells one of the many human sides to this titanic global crisis. A farmer’s water is polluted. The polluters cover it up, are found out, and, despite the farmer’s efforts, largely escape justice. The farmer may profit a little in the end, but only because it serves the polluter’s interests.
Stories like this need to be told because people who are somehow not yet convinced of the existential threat of climate change need to be shown the personal threat corporate pollution poses. These polluters are not our friends. They’re not more efficient. They wouldn’t be more suited to running things and they certainly don’t have our best interests at heart.
They are, in fact, the worst of us. Followers of a cult of greed, slaves to self-interest, subscribers to a culture of callousness and cronyism, they stand only for personal gain and celebrate the most cutthroat and conniving of their kind. These are the grown-up versions of schoolyard bullies stealing your lunch money and hawking loogies in your hair, and yet they have tricked much of the public into believing they represent all that is good and grand and virtuous in our society.
If you couldn’t care less about the health of the planet or don’t believe in the vast and cataclysmic changes that future generations are going to have to endure for our follies today, then perhaps, at least, you can see their disregard for our environment, not as an understandable sacrifice to revenue and jobs, but as an unacceptable crime against your land, your water, your air, your life.
If The Devil Has a Name makes you think twice about these corporations and where their interests truly lie, if it makes you empathize with the victim rather than the accused, if it gets you thinking that all this could be run in a fairer, cleaner, kinder manner, then my work and the work of our incredible cast and crew has been worth it. We set out to tell the human side of corporate predation and pollution. Our story was small but our intention is enormous. If we can get everyone to agree that no one should have their water poisoned, their life’s work destroyed, or their reputation threatened in order for a company to save a buck, then surely we can get them to agree that polluting our entire planet for the sake of convenience is an act unworthy of humanity.
I want to extend my greatest thanks to those dear friends and colleagues who joined me on this adventure into the almond orchards and oil fields of the Central Valley. I will never forget their hard work, sacrifice, and dedication.