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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, more...
Director: Joseph P. Reidy, Amy Lauritsen, Sidney Lumet, more...
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Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
Genre: Drama, Film Noir, Neo Noir, Crime, Capers, Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 117 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei star in director Sidney Lumet's thriller concerning two brothers who hatch a plan to rob their parent's jewelry store. When the job goes awry, the entire family is set on a collision course with tragedy. Andy (Hoffman) is an overextended broker in desperate need of some cash. His brother, Hank (Hawke), isn't much better off, so when Andy hatches a plan to rob their parent's modest jewelry store, it seems like a foolproof way to make a quick buck. But Andy's trophy wife, Gina (Tomei), is secretly sleeping with libidinous younger brother Hank, and when the robbery proves a complete disaster it isn't long before loyalties start to shift. Now Andy and Hank's father, Charles (Finney), is determined to make the unidentified robbers pay for their crime. What's a father to do when he discovers that the ones he loves have become his worst enemies? ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Convincing actors by ClarySage May 18, 2008 - 2:48 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The characters are very credible, and they truly make this movie. Philip Seymour Hoffman once again shows us that he is a first-rate actor as he did in "Capote" and more recently in "The Savages". Ethan Hawke, too, achieves a compelling performance. The director classifies the film as a melodrama, and as such it really shines. Yet it also has the intrigue of a crime plot gone awry and out-of-chronology storytelling. It reminded me of the French hit "Cache" because it masquerades as a "thriller" but is actually more of a movie about feelings. In contrast to "Cache," this film features the more meat-and-potatoes American touches of wrapping up the ending more firmly and featuring more blood.

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(Average 7.02)
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