Brothers, Andy and his younger brother Hank are suffering from financial problems. They organize the robbery of a suburban mom-and-pop jewelry store as a quick victimless and fix for their situations. The perfect crime begins to go awry when they discover the store belongs to their parents.
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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.
Not what I'd consider a "likable" experience, but undeniably an exceptional motion picture. It did a good job of ratcheting up the gravity of the situation, the consequences of the players' action, and that's hard to find, especially in modern movies. Tense, unnerving and sad. Very, very sad.
Its always a delight to see a director working with a fine cast. Putting him in top form, working with an awesome script that spins the narrative in an inventive new way. Showcasing people and how they cope with life's harsh and cruel struggles.
It's sooo awesome to see Lumet back in grand form. Great little thriller with a knockout cast. Hoffman's breakdown scene is a smoldering work of art. I was somewhat disappointed with the resolution but thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
What starts out as just another movie about "heist-gone-wrong" develops into an intricate plot about familial dysfunction and people trying to make ends meet. The movie constantly toys with oversaturated and overexposed shots, filling the canvas with a pale, but distinct, blue tone. Every character matters and you never feel as if you're watching subplots or secondary roles. In short: Lumet is a genius.
A Shakespearian tragedy in the Suburbs of America. A thoroughly well-written screenplay made excellent by some superb acting. Hoffman and Hawke acutely counterpoint one another as the two brothers who will go to any length to get the money they need.
I say it's brilliant as much as a not carved diamond because personally I think he suffered from director-laziness syndrome - on fragments of story and ending - but Lumet's creative and holistic editing as also the different angles given all throughout the movie increases our pain and refines our perspectives. One thing that never fails is character's depth. Its extraordinary like this failed perfect crime thriller.