Movie review: 'The Devil Has a Name' adds clumsy melodrama to environmental legal thriller

The environmental legal thriller is a reliable subgenre, especially since the success of Steven Soderbergh’s “Erin Brockovich.” They’re classic David and Goliath stories with a human-interest angle and anti-corporate twist, and hopefully there’s a bit of hard-earned justice at the end. But they have to be entertaining too, and that is where Edward James Olmos’ “The Devil Has a Name” wildly overcorrects.The script is by Robert McEveety, loosely based on a decade-plus court battle brought by a farmer against Aera Energy (owned by Shell and ExxonMobil) for polluting groundwater in the San Joaquin…

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