Before The Devil Knows You're Dead details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, Marisa Tomei, Rosemary Harris, Aleksa Palladino, Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO RENTAL|
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
|Run time:||1 hour 57 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 May 2008|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
A brothers' conspiracy falls apart in Sidney Lumet's latest drama...
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were the critics paid to like this one!By a customer from London , 01 Apr 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]This is bad bad bad. Everyone in it is an idiot and you don't care one bit about a single person in the film. Look for something else, I think you will be glad.
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Nothing specialBy a customer from Lothingland , 30 Jan 2009Not a waste of time but not particularly memorable either.
Great cast, good direction, average storyBy Patrick Rowles from London , 29 Jan 2009On the basis of its cast, and that it was Sidney Lumet's last film, I had high hopes (it was also raved about on Radio 4's 'Front Row' review program). The acting and direction are well up to par (Albert Finney and Philip Seymour Hoffman are well cast as father and son), the story is credible and engrossing, but the ending is a bit 'So what?'. One for fans of the stars and the director.
Actors worth watching and a jumbled plotBy a customer from Reading , 26 Jan 2009It would be natural to think that any film with Albert Finney and Philip Seymour Hoffman is worth watching simply because of what accomplished actors they are. In this movie Hoffman is superb as a man seemingly lost in his own life and searching for stimulation in whatever form it might take until he poisons every element, and Finney is so believable that you naturally empathise with every emotion which runs through him.
However this is a movie which over reaches itself badly. It suffers from a ridiculously jumbled chronology which adds nothing and appears to be a poor attempt to ape Tarantino. With only two scenes as exceptions the movie is rigorously one-pace, and the pace chosen is a depressed stagger. The tone is too constant with little relief in comic or other forms.
So would I recommend this? Well, it is probably worth watching due to the fine acting. In addition to Hoffman and Finney, Hawke puts in a good performance as someone swept along by the stronger personality of his older brother even as the situation deteriorates. So if you enjoy some good acting give this movie a try, but don't expect a well-rounded thriller the likes of The Usual Suspects.
DepressingBy a customer from England, England , 22 Jan 2009Not thilling, just depressing. Maybe the thing to watch if you are a manic depressive to see if you can get any more depressed.
before the devil knows you're deadBy a customer from Stockton-on-Tees , 21 Jan 2009i thought this film was very boring , i had to watch it for times , the first three i fell asleep.