Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead

BBBB

(out of 5)


Any movie that opens with a shot of  naked is the work of a nasty sadist who is out to punish his audience. Give this one time, however, and you’ll realize that the opening is just setting the scene for a gritty and unpleasant heist film in which the crime is only the beginning of the ugly deeds that are committed. Hoffman and  play brothers who decide to rob their parents’ little jewelry store in an effort to ease their own dire financial situations. They figure it’s an easy set-up, what with their extensive knowledge of the store and their confidence that their parents will be unharmed and compensated by insurance. When did anything involving a robbery ever go smoothly, however? A routine twist on a routine story has its moments of originality, but what really makes this one zing is the execution: Lumet goes to his raggedy seventies roots of photographically unflashy New York movies (Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon) and applies his spartan techniques here. There are no fancy plays on editing or lighting, just a group of people whose rotting cores speak for themselves. holds very strong ground as the father of the unfortunate brothers, while  does a fantastic job with her few moments as Hoffman’s “I’m kinda cheap but I’ve got a bleeding heart and a mind of steel” wife.


Capitol Films, Funky Buddha Productions, Unity Productions, Linsefilm

USA/United Kingdom, 2007

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2007

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s