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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - Blu-ray DVD / drama DVD review
BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, Rosemary Harris
Director: Sidney Lumet   Studio: Image Entertainment
DVD release: 15 April 2008   Runtime: 117 minutes (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features:Audio tracks (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround - English; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English), Subtitles (English, Spanish), 1080p/AVC MPEG-4, The Making of "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," Filmmaker and cast commentary (Sidney Lumet, Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman), Theatrical trailer

Andy and Hank Hanson are brothers in need of cash. Things are tight, and deadlines are breathing down their necks; Andy faces ruin, Hank is behind on child support. Andy proposes they knock over a little mom-and-pop jewelry store in the 'burbs. The rub is that it's their own mom and pop. Should be simple - go in on a Saturday morning when there's a week's worth of cash in the safe, and just take it out of there. Andy (Philip Seymour Hoffman) talks Hank (Ethan Hawke) into doing the dirty work. Hank enlists the aid of a friend, who happens to bring a gun. Naturally things go bad: the friend and Mom get shot. Andy and Hank now must deal with their father's grief, their own grief, and tying up any loose ends that may have been forgotten. All that, and their debts still threaten to sink them.

Albert Finney plays Charles Hanson, husband to the deceased Mom (Rosemary Harris) and father to Andy and Hank. Charles is bothered by how poorly the police are following up on the case. He starts snooping around.

Andy's wife, Gina (Marisa Tomei), is having an affair with Hank. Andy and Gina have been having problems for a while now; Hank loves Gina and wants her for his own. All sorts of little details reveal themselves as the story goes on and things get worse and worse (makes even my worst family holidays seem like precious moments).

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead was directed by legendary director Sidney Lumet, and written by Kelly Masterson, an excellent story about bad choices and how an essentially good person can get dragged into the deep end because he's too soft to stand up for what he really thinks.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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