Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead review

Before the Devil Knows Your Dead – for those not familiar, this is the latest Philip Seymour Hoffman movie. He stars along with Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, and Albert Finney. It was directed by the legendary Sidney Lumet (Network, Dog Day Afternoon, and Serpico).

The acting, as you would assume from a movie with Hoffman, Tomei, and Finney, is outstanding. Hoffman, in my opinion, is one of the best actors going today. He is amazing with emotion, and when he is given a character with depth, he becomes that character. Marisa Tomei is 43 years old, according to imdb. I can’t believe that after seeing this movie. She looked absolutely stunning, and was shockingly very topless in multiple scenes. Albert Finney, who was also almost topless in one scene, brought exactly what I expected from him, that being some classicness (which is a word I just made up to describe Albert Finney being Albert Finney). Also, this was the best performance I have seen out of Ethan Hawke, however I have only seen a handful of his other performances and wasn’t as into Training Day as everyone else seemed to be.

The story, not to give too much away, involves a robbery of a jewelery story that doesn’t go quite as planned, which leads to a tragic chain of events. The story is told in a non-linear fashion that reminded me quite a bit of the way 21 Grams was presented. Also, it lead to the use of the uber-cool and unique cuts from one part of the story to another. Its hard to acually describe the cuts that lead to flashbacks or flashfowards, but if you see the movie you will know exactly what I am talking about.

This movie isn’t in wide release as far as I know. So, you might have to search around to find where it is playing, or wait for the dvd release. Either way, I highly recommend seeing it the first chance you get. One of the best films I have seen this year.

Rating: 8.5/10


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