Bellissimo drammone di Lumet, con un ottimo Ethan Hawke e un IMMENSO Hoffman. La storia è davvero bella, marcia e raccontata con l'espediente interessante del cambio di punto di vista con l'utilizzo di flashback e flashforward che spostano continuamente la narrazione. La sequenza della rapina alla gioielleria è girata in modo incredibile, ma tutto il film gode di una cura per i dettagli clamorosa. Ottimo.
Direction skipping about between time-periods (one minute it's the day of the robbery, next minute it's 2 days earlier, next minute it's 4 days earlier etc) very pretentious and annoying. Albert Finney grossly miscast and acted dreadfully with a cod accent. Needed a bit of editing.
An absolutely devastating film. Three brilliant performances from Hoffman, Hawke, and Finney are on show here, and they rank among the best of 2007. But the real star is Lumet. His final film is one of his greatest, and his touch is everywhere. No-one besides Sidney Lumet could've made this. Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann might've given it a go, but this is Lumet's, through and through. A truly groundbreaking film.
Sidney Lumet has undoubtedly forever informed the way I look at the craft of filmmaking. I'm almost finished reading his book on filmmaking & have listened to multiple of his audio commentaries. His films are not perfect, but they are consistently his & uniquely shot to the specific story it tells. He articulates the characteristics of melodrama, the particulars of practicality & the true nature of cinematic style.