Usually, no one wants to watch a film they haven’t heard of. If the title doesn’t ring a bell, they don’t know the cast, haven’t heard any reviews etc. they are immediately put off. This was not the case for me. About a year ago, I saw there was a film on called Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. It was released in 2006, and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke, yet I had never heard of it in my life. But, I recorded it. Why did I record it? Because I thought it was a cool title. That’s right; I recorded it for its namesake. That’s not something I condone, by the way. I also don’t condone not watching a film due to its title, as you may be missing out on something brilliant. But here I was, recording a film I didn’t even know the plot to.
Everything. Absolutely everything.
Now how was I supposed to expect that when I saw it in the TV mag? The film is excellent. Truly excellent. The cast are all top form; though despite Hoffman being his usual brilliant self, I’m thinking Albert Finney takes the prize for best performance here. He is amazing; the emotion and depth of his character know no limits. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet, who sadly died shortly after, making this his last film. Granted, I have only seen one other of his films (12 Angry Men) but just from those alone I can tell he is a great director. The tone of the film is chillingly pleasant, and in some parts, it’s actually very tense, and very thrilling. If I could recommend the movie more, I would. But honest to God, my words mean nothing unless you see it for yourself.