Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)



Filed under : crime, drama, heist, review


Since I was in the mood for a drama and heist kind of film, I decided to check this movie out. Let me just say, it definitely surprised me – it was not what I expected.

On the surface, the plot of the movie seems very basic. Though, as the film progresses – we soon find out it’s not as simple as it seems. And, it’s one of those things where what can go wrong will go wrong – big time.

What I liked about the movie is that it’s a film told from different perspectives. And, it is these perspectives that give us pieces of the story which all come together at the end.

(Note: In a sense, the way the story is told is very similar in nature to this movie).

It’s one of those things where there’s an idea for the perfect plan – a plan where everyone comes out “ok” and no one gets hurt. Imagine a plan where everyone wins and can walk away with a better life.

But, here’s the thing – there is no such “perfect plan” that exists. There are always consequences to our actions and in many cases end up hurting someone, sometimes even those who are closest to us. And, when that happens – the consequences can be devastating.

At first, this film seemed very predictable. But, as the movie progressed – I soon found myself engaged with the movie and very surprised at times with some of the outcomes.

Scene after scene, it seemed that things had started to spiral and get out of control. But, it was the way the story was told by using different perspectives that really captured my attention with the movie.

Both Ethan Hawke and Phillip Seymour Hoffman played excellent roles even though these roles were a bit “type casted” to the type of roles they have played in the past. I think they both did a good job of playing true to their respective characters in the movie.

Without revealing too much, I will say this is a film that some may be able to relate to. It’s one of those things where there are times when you try so hard to make things go your way but somehow things don’t always go the way you want them to be. And, when this happens – sometimes we are tempted to take shortcuts in life. But, we know taking shortcuts often times have serious consequences.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. It was not what I expected – it captured my attention throughout with twists and turns. By telling the story from different perspectives, it really made the film worthwhile and interesting as the pieces of the puzzle were revealed slowly to come together at the end.

If you’re in the mood for a drama and heist type of movie, I do recommend this one.

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3 Responses to “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)”

  1. omg i love this movie! the movie started off kinda quirky but spun off to all these different layers and stories. i thought it was beautifully done.
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    • filmgurl says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, too! I agree, it was kind of quirky at the start. Though, it really did have a unique and interesting way of telling the story – kept my attention the whole way through. Thanks for your input!

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