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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007

When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax...

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well, that project didn't shake out well at all. it unwound, imploded and self-destructed. made a good flick, though.
Pretty damn good. The reoccuring flashbacks and flashforewards really make it feel like you're discovering the horrible truths about each character at just the right time. Step by step you uncover the motives behind every move, the complexities of each person's sad situation that causes a snowball effect from benevolent circumstance to bloody selfcenteredness. Supurbly acted, expecially by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the whole film builds up to almost unbarable intensity with emotions running high.
What is wrong with these people? The movie is demented. Who relishes in delight from watching such cruelity? Come on folks, its time to demand good movies that make you think, reflect and enjoy life. If you feel like slowly drowning in murky waters or slowly falling into an endless pit of depression then maybe this is the movie for you. If you want to to be happy skip it and find something else to do.
I rate movies by how I feel at the end. Do i feel better than when I went in?

If you like torturing animals you will love this movie. Meaning you like watching self destructive unconscious people. If you like violent sports with a lot of injuries, you will love this.

If I want feel a lot of pain I can just go work or talk to relatives. When I go to a movie I want to be uplifted and feel better about life.

In this case I was tortured for 2 hours by spending time with awful people for 2 hours.
"Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" starts with Andy(Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his wife, Gina(Marisa Tomei), having wild sex on vacation.

Hank(Ethan Hawke) flees from a jewelry store robbery gone badly awry. Three days before, his older brother, Andy, has a solution to Hank's economic woes which include his being three months behind on his child support. It is to rob a mom and pop jewelry store. After Hank agrees, Andy reveals that the mom(Rosemary Harris) and pop(Albert Finney) in question are their very own. Knowing he cannot go through this by himself, Hank recruits an ex-con acquaintance(Brian F. O'Byrne) to assist.

Directed by Sidney Lumet with verve, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" is so dark and unforgiving that it can make a person lose their faith in humanity. And I mean that as a compliment. Like "The Falcon and the Snowman" and "Bully," the central lesson is that it is never a good idea to enter into a criminal enterprise with a serious drug user.(How Andy could ever think this is a good idea is beyond me.) The moral of the movie is that children are the root of all evil. Hank's child support payments and need to make his daughter happy drive him into the scheme. What their parents did to make Andy and Hank as flawed as they are can only be hinted at but I think it is true that they wanted to make a better life for them in any case.(Parents can do a lousy job of raising their children but at adulthood they have to take responsibility for their own lives.) Yes, it is easy to say that Hank is weak but he is nowhere near as bad as his older brother who is only artifice and bluff and views his wife as just another possession in a tastefully decorated apartment.(I can only imagine that Andy had hundreds of hours of pleasure tormenting his younger brother when they were growing up.)
This movie is a total waste of time. Very unrealistic.
This movie is so slow, for a movie billed as a smart heist-gone-wrong movie I expected more pace.
Sure, the casting is great and the performances are good, but there's nothing interesting in the story, everything was expected and you could see the end coming.

It's a 30 minute story told in two hours

The only good thing about this movie is marisa tomey walking around naked in the first half of the movie, but that's not enough to justify sitting through the rest of it

a 100% skip movie, too bad I didn't...
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD
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For a film that opens with its climax, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, directed by Sidney Lumet, is an incredibly intriguing heist thriller.


Brothers Hank (Ethan Hawke) and Andy (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) Hansen's lives could use some extra income, like $600,000 more. Their target is a literal ma and pa jewelry store.


To put it plainly, it's the heist from hell (no pun intended with the whole devil thing, you know). As it unfolds in the first few minutes, the rest of the movie is told in a combination of flashbacks and in real-time. It works great, albeit in the form of a second rate Tarantino (think Reservoir Dogs).


The performances by Hawke and Hoffman are great, plus Albert Finney as their very troubled father is at his usual best.


From start to finish, Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is engaging and real. It's narrative may have been done better before, but it's a focused script that has some deliciously bizaar twists.


Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is by far one of the best films of the year. The performances, the convoluted storytelling, the direction, everything points in the direction of masterpiece. This is an amazing achievement by director Sidney Lumet, whose Find Me Guilty left me cold last year, and it could be spoken of in the same regard as his early masterpiece 12 Angry Men. Both films contain the style of the time, and both are at the top of Lumet's game.

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
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Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead unfolds as if it were a greek tragedy and concludes as if it were a Shakespearian one. Essentially, the film is about two brothers who plan and execute the robbery of their parent's jewelry store, but what it's really about is the weight of consequence. This is not a heist-caper flick concerned with "the plan" or "the getaway" or "the prize." In fact, from the get-go, we get the feeling that none of these characters will escape their just-desserts, so as the narrative inches closer to its climax, the intensity steadily builds and explodes into pure American Psycho-esque chaos. This is a dark and diabolical drama that packs a punch like no other film of its kind has this year. Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers a twisted performance that uncorks (specifically in the film's last reel) a convincing insanity, yet can understandably be charged with the label of "over-acting." Nonetheless, it's an intense performance that is rarely, if ever, out-shone by his co-stars Ethan Hawke and Marissa Tomei, who are both in their own right, solid as well. The film goes a little bit too far off into the deep end when it decides to conclude with an abrupt killing-spree, but so much is done right prior to it, forgiveness is easily given to a somewhat sloppy wrap-up. Otherwise, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is easily one of the years best. Grade: B+