|Title:||Before the Devil Knows You're Dead|
|11.23.07||Regal Arbor|| Two brothers plan a robbery because they need cash and shit goes wrong.|
I really liked this movie a lot. Not exactly the feel-good film of the year (in retrospect I'm kind of gladd the AFF schedule didn't permit me to see this right before Grace is Gone. I might've ran my car into oncoming traffic on the way home or something), but really really great.
There is one thing that bugged me. The film has a really fractured timeline so it's constantly flashing back to follow different characters through the same timeline. That doesn't bother me at all (I liked it actually) but every time they flash back there's a breaking glass sound effect and flashing frames between the scenes. It strikes me as a very old-school way to be nifty (like the end of Fail-Safe) but it happens too often and it's too rough not to be annoying. I think maybe if Lumet were younger he'd finesse that a lot but I get the feeling he sat with his editor saying "eh good enough. I'm 90, I don't have time to be worrying about this."
The rest of the film's great though. Really strong work from all the actors (Phil Hoffman's fantastic, Albert Finney's great, I even like Ethan Hawke because he plays a fuckup, you get lots and lots of Marisa Tomei's boobs and even get a little nipple-outline on Amy Ryan!). Also, Micah will love it when a certain someone appears mid-way and hits his supporting role out of the park.
Can't say too much more without giving it away. I'm just glad it was good and Lumet's still around.