Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) R - 4 Stars

I didn't even hear of this movie when it came out but I'm glad I rented it. The acting is strong and the story line chilling. I guess I sort of get off on that dysfunctional family type thing but from their appearance, this family didn't seem to look like one. But soon we see what hardship and desperation can force people to do. The film takes you back and forth in time and it's not the kind of movie you can easily take a potty break watching unless you hit pause.

Andy Hanson (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a successful brooker. He's married to his beautiful wife Gina (Marisa Tomei) they live in a nice home but Andy can't keep up his appearance anymore. He needs to support his hidden drug problem and he's finding it hard to make ends meet.

Hank is Andy's younger brother and even though divorced, still spends as much time with his daughter as he can. He's behind on child support payments, his ex is a bitch and he's over extended on just about everything else in his life. When he can't afford to pay for his daughter's sleepover, she calls him a loser. Hank is also secretly sleeping with his brothers wife every Thursday.

When Andy approaches Hank with a plan to rob their parents jewelry store, Hank is very hesitant but when Andy reassures him their parents are insured, no one will get hurt, and they can both finally stop worrying about money problems, Hank agrees to do it.

But Hank can't hold up to his part of the plan and brings in an outsider. Things go terribly wrong and it just get worse from there. When their father Charles (Albert Finney), is determined to make whoever did this pay, he finds his loved ones are involved.

Awards include:

2007 - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - New York Film Critics Online - Best Ensemble Acting
2007 - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - American Film Institute - Best Picture.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Writers: Sidney Lumet, Austin Chick, Kelly Masterson
Producers: Brian Barclay, Michael Cerenzie, Paul Parmar
I viewed 4/08

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