Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

28 Mar

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It is ironic that Sidney Lumet’s final directing effort borrows from the phrase “May you be in heaven a full half-hour before the devil knows you’re dead” for its title because his contributions to film and television for the past sixty years have created some of the most memorable movies in contemporary Hollywood history. At 82 years young, Lumet directs one of his finest and important films in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

Two brothers rob their parent’s jewelry store.  Andy (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), a businessman who’s also an embezzler and his brother Hank (Ethan Hawke), a deadbeat dad who owes his ex-wife child support. The brothers face serious consequences after the robbery doesn’t go as planned.

The story is edited in an episodic fashion that provide alternative perspectives for each character, as well as reveal more and more about these characters making such poor decisions. The actors are ferocious and Lumet’s fine craftsmanship makes this film unforgettable.

WORD COUNT: 158

Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: B+

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