Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
No one was supposed to get hurt.
When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Whenever people make lists with favourite or best directors, Sidney Lumet hardly ever pops up. That should change. Look at his filmography. He is one of the best directors that ever worked in the industry.
This film is modern noir at its finest. It is bleak, rather disturbing and dark as hell. The story, which unravels in an asynchronous chronology, is multilayered and keeps you guessing due to its fragmented narrative. Only a very talented director can add the much needed coherence a story like this needs.
What Lumet understands very well is to give his actors the right amount of space to inhabit their characters. There is not one weak performance here. The main cast is superb, moved along…
Dear god, what a dismal tale. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is an exercise in taking an instance of 'it can't get any worse, can it?' and making it much, much worse in the very next scene. I certainly don't mean in the quality of the film, which is superb, but in the depths of misfortune one family can sink to. This is tragedy of such magnitude that The Bard himself would be proud, compounded by the fact that all the misfortune is due to greed and ineptitude. Sidney Lumet's swan song deserves a place in the pantheon of 'bleakest films ever,' which makes this familial train wreck all the more morbidly fascinating.
Not a single role here is…
After losing one of the best actors of our generation today, Philip Seymour Hoffman, I wanted to check more of his films. He left behind an amazing body of work and I've only seen maybe half of it. I started with Sidney Lumet's dark and brilliant noir Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
The script here is so damn good. Keeping you invested in characters that are very unlikable. The cast is terrific, with Hoffman and Ethan Hawke both giving great performances. Albert Finney was probably the standout to me however. Not only is this yet another great performance from Hoffman, but it's one of 2007's most underrated films and a great film for Lumet to have ended his career with.
Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead tells the story of three people from the same family, but on a Saturday morning on the outskirts of New York, everything seems normal in the life of the Hanson family. The father, Charles passed the driving test and his wife Nanette is going to the a family jewelery. As the eldest son, Andy is worried about a scheduled inspection of the finances for the following Monday and the younger brother, Hank, as usual, is worried about his money problems. However, at 7:58 a.m. Saturday morning, the lives of the members of this family will change because both Andy and Hank decide to rob their family's business.
If we look closely, Before…
Even though I saw this years ago, I was still completely surprised by everything that happened during this recent re-watch. All I remember from the last time I saw it was that I liked it. This time, I fell head over heels in love. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is essentially a family drama masquerading as a crime drama. Andy and Hank are brothers in very different stages in their lives. When Andy asks Hank to rob a jewelry store, everything goes wrong and the rest of the film is concerned with how their lives fall apart and how fucked up their family is.
This is definitely Phillip Seymour Hoffman's best performance, and that's a big deal. He always…
It's quite astounding to realise Sidney Lumet filmed Before the Devil Knows Your Dead when he was over eighty years old, after five decades as a critically acclaimed director responsible for many genuine Hollywood classics, because though it's often quite masterfully put together it's also filled with the energy & skill of a man five decades his junior - and frankly many directors in their thirties don't make films this good. Sadly it was also Lumet's last film before his death a few years later, but what an epilogue to a triumphant career; this is by turns a carefully lensed, cleverly written, well edited and superbly acted drama ostensibly about a heist gone wrong but primarily about a deeply dysfunctional American…
Lumet's last film is the chronologically jumpy heist movie that is Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. It's certainly a character piece with most notably four stunning performances, naturally led by the grandiose Philip Seymour Hoffman.
It's a great movie in the spirit of earlier work like the Coen's Fargo or the trendsetting heist-noir Pulp Fiction, by Tarantino. It's got a well developed explicit characters with secret agendas and motives, the mood is anxiety draped in black comedy. It's never really about the plot, it's a puzzle on purpose, but rather about how the characters clashes against each other in a perversion of the greek family tragedies.
This movie was intense with its pacing, by that I mean it's damn good. The story is something different, yet simple, yet complex and it beautifully orchestrated into something heavy. The ending was not what I was expecting but damn was it a good one.
The story is so tragic! It feels very Shakespeare! Sidney Lumet did a great job on his final film! The film was really driven along by awesome performances from the entire cast!
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The world is an evil place.
Some people make money out of that. Some people get destroyed
Somebody will tell me there is a better film made by an 82 year old. Pictures on IMDb of PSH and Ethan Hawke staring, star struck, into the eyes of Sidney Lumet during production, speak a million words. If I was a world class actor who would I kill to work with? No question, an actor's director.
In a Lumet film everybody gets a chance. If it's Albert Finney, asked to play an ailing, inconsolable semi-retiree; mouth not working properly on words, being dismissed as a crank by family and sundry; then you get a performance redefining the ageing process. Albert Finney, all-time…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Geschickt konstruiertes Kriminalpuzzle, dessen tragödienhaftes Finale ein bißchen über's Ziel hinaus schießt.
“You’ve got half an hour to get to heaven, before the devil knows you’re dead.” So begins the perfectly titled new film by legendary director Sidney Lumet. Told in fractured time, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is a story of two monumentally broken brothers and a simple robbery gone very, very bad. Lumet fans—and Coen fans, for that matter—may find this initial setup a tad too familiar, but I assure you, this is nothing like Dog Day Afternoon or Fargo, though it certainly reaches the lofty heights of those crime classics.
Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Andy, a man who built his way to the top of the accounting department at a real estate firm, and ever since has been…
Thriller/Drama com um argumento interessante mas que em nenhum momento consegue empolgar.
It's a joy to see Hoffman at work, and he is quite good in this. Unfortunately, the film is more interested in getting its characters deeper into misery than developing them. There's also a non-linear structure that adds nothing and intrudes heavily on the narrative - it's not like it's concealing anything intriguing about the incredibly simple plot, and the cuts are really grating.
All that said, the layers of betrayal make for an especially interesting crime story, and there are some great performances, especially Hoffman, but also Marisa Tomei.
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