Movie of the Week: ‘Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead’

“Before the Devil Knows Your Dead” (2007) – Sidney Lumet orchestrates a jewelry heist gone horribly wrong in his last film.  This is a dark and twisted crime movie – told in a non-linear fashion – in which the immoral and desperate aforementioned infraction can only be matched by the flawed human beings – with years of preceding mistakes – who concocted it.

Two brothers, Andy (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Hank (Ethan Hawke) are at the center of the storm.

Andy is a white-collar executive and suffers from a dysfunctional marriage and huge financial pressures, and the only devices pacifying his anxiety are smoking packs of cigarettes and drinking plenty of 11:30am cocktails.  Hank possesses massive problems of his own, and his severe case of arrested development isn’t helping anyone.

Lumet places these two in a colossal pickle and forces us to watch the damning act and its ugly aftermath. 

Oh, what a devilish time at the movies. Help!

⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Written by: Kelly Masterson

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, Albert Finney, Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan, and Rosemary Harris

Rated: R

Runtime: 117 minutes

Image credits: ThinkFilm

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