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…
Uninteressante Charaktere in einer unnötig kompliziert erzählten, eigentlich sehr simplen Story.
Probably Ethan Hawke's best performance.
OMFG! What a fine thriller this has been.
Slow, painful, ugly, grotesque!
Incredible performances, tightly knit screenplay and Mr. Lumet's exceptional direction makes this movie a treat to watch.
I'm not entirely sure I understand where this one fits in the 'Before-trilogy'. But it's good though.
Holy tits, this ruled. My b**s reminds me of P----N's character. Creepy. The alternate title might as well have been called "Man." I wish they still made movies like BTDKYD.
Dit is een fijn drama over twee broers (Ethan Hawke en Philip Seymour Hoffman) die samen een overval voorbereiden op de juwelierszaak van hun eigen ouders. Dat gaat gruwelijk mis, en hoe dan verder?
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead is een kleine film die te weinig aandacht heeft gekregen. Want er wordt goed in geacteerd en de vertelling in flashbacks en verschillende perspectieven is verfrissend (doch iets sloom). De scène die nog het meest blijft hangen is die waarin Hoffman een shot heroïne krijgt ingespoten. Gezien zijn einde is dat behoorlijk cru en een heftig beeld.
No movie title has created more tension and anticipation in me more than Before The Devil Knows You're Dead. What a colossal disappointment then that Sidney Lumet's film ended up being a muddled, needlessly convoluted mess that dawdles towards an inevitable conclusion. Too often a film director decides that lurching around a timeline makes for a more compelling story, but this is not such a film that benefits from the structure. Flashbacks rarely act with the game-changing feel that Predestination or the TV show Lost did. During one flashback, all that is revealed is that Albert Finney's character had a driving test and his wife opened a shop (both of which were revealed through exposition before and after the flashback…
Sidney Lumet is a Director who I lately have given some attention the ones I've seen are Network 5/5 and Dog Day Afternoon 3,5/5 so this movie had no reason for me to be Doubtful. Philip Seymour Hoffman I regard as one of the greats even though his early passing. His perfomance in this movie is unbelievable in way that this man is such a cameleon of an actor that he can actually transform himself to be any character. Before the Devil knows You're Dead gives a ''Pulp Fiction'' narrative which may confuse some but the scenes are not there for the a twist or revelation in the end. The scenes purpose are more intrested in showing deep and emotional…
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.
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