Watching Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Just returned from Redbox having picked up Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

A favorite of the critics, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead features Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei and Albert Finney in key roles.

Sidney Lumet is the director.

Released in January 2008, the movie didn’t do that well at the box office. The movie brought in $25.61 million worldwide.

Wiki describes the movies as a crime-drama-thriller.

We’ll update this post, post-watching.

This is a lovely movie with top-notch acting and a story that holds your attention throughout.

Financial troubles lead two brothers Andy (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Hank Hanson (Ethan Hawke) to plot the burglary of a mom and pop jewelry store.

But the robbery goes awry and things spiral out of control for the brothers leading to a chilling denouement.

Some viewersΒ may find the non-linear narration style of going back and forth in time disconcerting but it did not bother us.

Hey, we liked the beginning too. πŸ˜‰ (Now we understand what gora meant when he wrote earlier It got everyone paying attention immediately with a clever/new way to use the opening scene).

You’d be a fool not to watch this movie.

13 Responses to "Watching Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead"

  1. the gora   March 30, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I thought this was one of the better movies I had seen in recent times when it came out. Had to go to some indie theater to see it. It got everyone paying attention immediately with a clever/new way to use the opening scene. πŸ™‚ Responds:

    Did you see Tokyo Sonata…not sure if it’s still running in NYC

  2. I. M. Legend   March 30, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    It was a fantastic movie. I admit I rented(if paying 0 dollas can be called renting) the movie mainly for Tomei’s path-breaking scenes.. (The Wrestler is another one I am waiting for).. but was surprised by how thrilled I was with the rest of the characters.

    hey Asha, Ebert had this to say about Hoffman..
    “say what you will about the big guy, Hoffman looks to be an energetic and capable lover” πŸ˜‰

  3. guruprasad.s   March 30, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    You must have seen Sydney Lumet’s `12 Angry Men’.
    If not, then (to borrow your own lingo) all ye schmucks at SI, watch it RIGHT NOW.
    The schmuck remark is meant to provoke you into watching 12 Angry Men, in case if you havent seen the movie already. Responds:

    Beganae nodutivi, nanna tamma manku timma πŸ™‚
    (we’ll watch it soon).

  4. I. M. Legend   March 31, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Have you watched Capote, where Hoffman won an Oscar.. I am a bit hesistant to watch biopics. I, in fact, saw Milk on the Redbox machine.. but skipped it.. because it had to contend with “24” last night.. Have you seen Milk yet? Responds:

    No, to both.

    Does Gandhi fall under the biopic genre?

  5. I. M. Legend   March 31, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Yes.. Gandhi is very much a biopic, I think
    lists even “Last King of Scotland” as a biopic although it has been said to be heavily fictionalized.
    That page has 100s of movies listed.. didnt know so many “biopics” existed.

    My phone number is 555-222-1111.. I can actually give out a phone number of an irritating friend whom you can call and harass. Did you listen to the Palin-Sarkozy phone call? Responds:

    Maybe, we’ll see the Catherine (the Great) movies in the biopic list. She’s quite an interesting character. Rumor has it that she got her husband killed, had a highly ‘active’ sex life and died while ……with a horse.

    Yeah, we listened to the ‘Sarkozy’ – Sarah call when the news first came out during the campaign…And this schmuck wanted to be VP.

  6. the gora   April 1, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Probably my favorite scene in the movie is when Hoffman and Tomei are tearing into each other non-stop and she unleashes some of the nasty secrets that she’s been hiding… and then asks him for money to pay for her cab ride.

    Not seen Tokyo Sonata yet. Haven’t had a chance to go into the city to see it. Might have to wait until it comes out on DVD. Responds:

    That was a nice scene.

    But we thought it was more of Tomei tearing into him with that ugly disclosure, about Andy not even knowing what she’s doing or up to…

    Of course, by that time Andy is already in a funk:

    Nothing connects to anything else…I”m not the sum of my parts – Andy

  7. I. M. Legend   April 1, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Got two biopics today from free wednesday..

    Milk and W. and also Marley & me.. will probably won’t watch all..

    W. seems to have polarized reviews..

    This is one of the comments about Milk on metacritic.. πŸ™‚
    This movie wasn’t even about milk!! I saw no cows or farms or even farmers!! i hated it. Responds:

    When we went to return Before the Devil Knows last night, we found Slumdog and Twilight at Redbox.

    We may borrow Milk or Twilight today. Plus we promised guruprasad, we’ll try to get 12 Angry Men from Blockbuster.

  8. Asha Tampa   April 1, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Ok, so I.M.Legend is Gandhiji/Amy, I reallized it jus now when I read it. I was quite surprised and taken aback by the comment posted by the gora in another post. In fact, I’m still confused; there was no reason to mention my name there, in that way.

  9. I. M. Legend   April 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    hey Asha, I understand how that could have made you feel uncomfortable, especially since you use your real name..

    I apologize for starting the whole stalking thing.. Friends? πŸ˜‰

    In another post, I was mentioning to SI that you were ballsy to use your real name on the internet. From now on, I will only secretly admire you. πŸ™

  10. Asha Tampa   April 6, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Nothing ballsy, Tampa is such a strange name, no one really thinks its for real πŸ˜‰

    And no reason to apologize, really; I think all the regular visitors to SI are friends already.

    Barring those few who always seem to be in a temper. Well, SI? πŸ˜‰ Responds:

    Ma gundae pagili poyindi. Joeantony cheptharu memu Telugus kadu (we are hearttbroken that Joe Antony thinks we’re not Telugus). πŸ™

  11. blasé   April 6, 2009 at 11:00 am

    ok, Asha.. Thanks for the clarification.. I’ll resume my stalking then.

    I don’t know much Telugu.. But I feel there is/are a major grammatical error(s) in your sentence. where is the “that” in your in your sentence after poyindi.. and it seems like another word is missing after cheptharu.. another “that”? Responds:

    You write above: a major grammatical error(s) in your sentence

    Hardly. Fixed the minor error.

  12. blasé   April 6, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    “Joeantony cheptharu memu Telugus kadu” still sounds odd..
    I’ll try to explain my doubt in Tamil.
    you sentence sounds like “Joe naanga telugu illai solraaru” While it should be
    Joe naanga telugu illainnu solraaru… Responds:

    We are not wrong.

  13. Asha Tampa   April 7, 2009 at 2:16 am

    At Blase: I seriously feel good that people visit my blog, and I hardly would call that stalking. But please stop making comments like the earlier one in this post. It is infuriating.

    Hey SI, as a certified Telugu (although I make a few errors too, like you pointed out the other day) I would like to say that your sentence has a small mistake. Cheptaru = Will say. You had to use “chepparu” there. πŸ˜‰ Responds:

    Cheptaru can be used for both: says/will say
    Chepparu = said

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