Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

by wag.mado@evpl on Monday, September 22 2008, 2:20pm. Viewed 1,373 times.

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead DVDI picked this one up because I saw the face of Philip Seymour Hoffman on the cover. And as usual, he did not disappoint me. The story is about 2 brothers, Andy (Hoffman) and Hank (Ethan Hawke), who are both in need of money in the worst way. The elder Andy persuades his baby brother Hank to pull off the perfect crime - the robbery of their parent's jewelry store. Since these men are morally corrupt and driven by sex, greed, and drugs, the plot is quite a thriller. Throw their father, Charles (Albert Finney) and Andy's wife, Gina (Marisa Tomea) in the mix and you have a tale of one horribly dysfunctional family. These are NOT nice, normal people! Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is sequenced in flashback/forward style giving the viewer little clues here and there that lead to a complex tension-filled conclusion. I thought all the acting was superb and would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes suspenseful thrillers. Why not check it out today?

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on Tuesday, September 23 2008, 9:58am

I saw this movie several months ago and loved it!  The presentation reminded me somewhat of Memento.

I watched it because of Ethan Hawke on the cover (Training Day is one of my favs!), and I was thoroughly impressed.

on Wednesday, July 29 2009, 10:00pm

I ran across the blog for this movie and being a fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman, I had to watch the film. Checked it out at Central - I think I was lucky it was on the shelf because all the copies at the branches were checked out. I liked it very much, I had to pay attention and sssssh! the dog several times!  I didn't want to miss anything.