Andy, a frustrated, drug-using New York accountant with a failing marriage to Gina, is in desperate need of some money. He persuades his timid younger brother, to rob their parents' jewellery store and solve all of their monetary problems. But the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends the brothers and their father hurtling towards a shattering climax...
Depressing story but very well made
- Before the Devil Knows You're Dead review by CP Customer
An extremely well acted and directed film, showcasing the talents of Lumet and the cast, particularly Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke. The story is about 2 brothers who have got themselves into difficulties financially and are looking for an easy way out. Hawke plays the weak, easily led brother whilst Seymour Hoffman is the seemingly successful one with a high powered job and a fat salary. The idea is to rob a jewellery store; the twist being it belongs to their parents. Hawke can't go through with it alone and engages a seedy friend to help, and that's where the problems start. The story has a shocking and depressing ending, but it is worth watching for the excellent performances from the cast.