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Movie Review: Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead October 30, 2007

Posted by judylobo in Movie Reviews.
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reviewblogpic1.jpgMovie Review: Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Alternate Title: An American Tragedy

Story: May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead is an old Irish toast – and this movie is two hours of heavenly cinema. It was directed by 83 year old Sidney Lumet. He still has what it takes to make a classic film. Aided by a terrific screenplay by first timer Kelly Masterson one simply has to just sit back and watch what fine cinema is all about.

Brothers Hank and Andy are desperate for money. They plan the perfect ‘victimless’ robbery of their parents’ Mom and Pop jewelry store. Everything goes wrong and the balance of the film is delicious cinematic crime and punishment. The storytelling is presented in a non-linear fashion focusing on different characters’ points of view. I was riveted from the opening scene to the closing credits.

The action, the mystery, the family dynamic, dysfunction, infidelity and the issues that envelop brothers, fathers and sons are all heady topics with which everyone can relate.

Run, don’t walk to your local cinema to check out this fabulous film.

Acting:: Philip Seymour Hoffman is a brilliant actor.He mesmerizes the audience with his award winning performances and this role is no exception. Ethan Hawke, can be a lightweight, but in this film, he surely holds his own. Albert Finney as the father does not have a big role but he is fine in the role that was handed to him. Marisa Tomei is terrific as the woebegone wife. The ensemble cast is noteworthy including Rosemary Harris, Brian F. O’Byrne and Leonardo Cimino.

Read the whole review on this 9 Lobo Howls film including these categories: Predilection, Critters, Food, Sex Spectrum, Opening Titles, Visual Art, Theater Audience, Weather, Sappy Factor, Quirky Meter, Squirm Scale, Drift Factor, Predictability Level, Tissue Usage, Oscar Worthy, Big Screen or Rental and Length.

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