Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead

February 21, 2008

Went to see this before the Band of Horses- didn’t think it would be a filler film but it turned out that way.

Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead

Started off with a bang….or banging to be more precise which I hadn’t expected.  Grabs your attention of course but unfortunately that is the most titillating part of the film for the brain and it was a slow ride downhill from there.

Some great acting but those moments are sparse….about as sparse as punctuation in a Bebo blog where the sentences run together and you get lost in all the words.

Philip Seymour Hoffman does do a good job as does Marisa Tomei– and while Ethan Hawke and Albert Finney can be good in films this was not one of them.  There is some excellent camera work here as well but again it is overshadowed but some shots that are just spurious and I found the changing of the time sequences annoying- might have worked in the 70’s in Sidney Lumet’s other films but just too dated here.

There were some great moments near the end of the film but at that stage it was too little too late.   Overall I was disappointed but thought that Hoffman at least kept it afloat.


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