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June 01, 2008

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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

[via Not Just New Movies]
Yesterday we went to the cinema and watch this outstanding movie by Sidney Lumet. It is a movie made in 2007 but it is a new release here in Spain. Will things like this ever change in my country?

I must say that Before The Devil Knows You're Dead made me fly. There is nothing wrong that I could find in it. It reminds me of Hitchcock’s The Rope, were the crime can be seen at the beginning of the movie, but its implications take all the movie to unfold.
One of the most important elements of this movie is the deconstruction of the plot, but it is not the only reason to watch it. Actors are superb and the music is incredibly accurate. The way Lumet shots the images and the film editing is also something to be noticed. Critics also said so.

The idea of a perfect crime gone wrong is not new, but this movie takes that idea to an intricate new step were the screenplay by Kelly Masterson is the main feature. Although you know from the begging the day the robbery occurs, the information delivered by Lumet helps you to understand this poliedric thriller.
[via El séptimo arte]

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke and Albert Finney reign all over the movie. Mr. Hoffman, I think, is one of the best active actor that we can see in new films. There are not really villains in this movie, but victims of their own actions. Every one has a reason to behave as they did.

The idea of seeing the same scene from different angles is revealing and insightful. And one strong point in this film is how something that happened at the begging of the movie could get darker and darker towards the end of the movie. The weekend criminals turn into depravated evildoers in no time.

[via Hindu On Net]


I recommend anyone to watch this movie if you have the opportunity. It is an instant classic.

If you want to read about this movie in Spanish, go to Estrenoblog.

Here is an embeb from YouTube with the theatrical trailer.


[via THINK Film NY]

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