Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead ★★★★★

"Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" is a crime drama and the last film directed by Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Network) before his death. I wouldn't want to spoil anything so I've kept the details of the story simple.

Its a tragic story about a jewelry store robbery gone wrong, from the points of view of those involved and/or affected by the crime. The story jumps from the accountant who is also a junkie who planned it, to the robber who is just looking to pay his daughter's private school tuition, to the vigilante looking to unravel the mystery behind the robbery.

The movie is very depressing, but in a good way (e.g. Taxi Driver). Sidney Lumet's directing is great, I loved a scene where Philip Seymour Hoffman's character starts trashing his apartment, it clearly shows how he's lost it and we can feel his sadness. The use of flashbacks is amazing and so is the dialogue.

The acting felt natural, specially Ethan Hawke's performance, which makes the movie hard to watch, but still worth it. Its like a modern film noir that feels like a Dogme film, a story of betrayal and sad characters. In my opinion, its one of the best movies that came out in 2007, overshadowed by many other great ones that came out that year.

I'd recommend it to fans of either "Fargo", "Pulp Fiction", or "Reservoir Dogs".

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