Sunday, November 16, 2008

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

I'm astounded at how bad this movie is. Absolutely astounded. I was prepared for it to be bad because Jim and Mitch both hated it but I wasn't expecting it to be quite as bad as it was.

Sure, the characters were supposed to be bumbling. Sure, they weren't supposed to be likable. But they were so incredibly bumbling that it wasn't interesting. They were so irritating for no reason. There was no deeper meaning to it. They were bumbling and annoying for bumbling and annoying sake as opposed to building up any suspense or intrigue or any feeling in me other than a creeping fatigue.

Plus --

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke as brothers? No way, no way.

The drug scenes are like a middle schooler's daydreams of what it would be like to be a coke addict.

The "shocking" ending is obvious for about 45 minutes.

The "edgy" editing and jumbled storytelling structure felt like a sad attempt by Lumet to try to stay hip and modern. Terrible.

An awful movie all the way through.

Marisa Tomei was naked a lot though and she looked damn good.

Directed by Sidney Lumet


Gamera said...

Ethan Hawke is the cultural Anti-Midas.

jjosh said...

yes, thank gawd , Max and I thought we were the only people who thought this was crap-o-la. How did it garner so many glowing reviews? Saw it in the theater thinking it was gonna be rock solid and it was jr high jello. Yuck.

msdee said...

I gave up after fifteen minutes which is pretty good because I could have given up after the horrible bedroom scene in the first five seconds of the movie