October 30, 2012

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

From my Sidney Lumet marathon, part 8 of 8.

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, 2007. Two brothers rob their parents' jewelry store.

Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Kelly Masterson. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney & Marisa Tomei.

Concept: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Story: 3/4 (Good). Nearly great, but two of the main characters have no resolution.
Characters: 3/4 (Good)
Dialog: 3/4 (Good)
Pacing: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 4/4 (Great)
Music: 4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4). Too long, but very good. If it had been promoted as a drama (which it is) instead of an action thriller (which it is decidedly not), it would probably have a much better reputation.
Objective Rating (Average): 3.0/4 (Good)

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