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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A very thrilling social drama with strong characters and manifold acting. The construction in different interweaving timelines is brillant because every change of perspective reveals more details about the characters, sometimes showing the same situations as before from a different point of view. And Carter Burwell's score is perfectly fitting.
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.
It's good, but Lumet just didn't take time with exploring characters and picturing the hidden, meaningful things. Far too much plain showing of the happening. I guess it's this thing I have with Lumet - his movies are good, but they just don't have "it".
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.
"Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." I think that Murphy's Law really sums up this heartbreaking crime story that gradually destroys one family in what is legendary Sidney Lumet's final film. Its troubled and lost characters and family tragedies have nothing to envy to a Shakespeare tale. It is brilliantly played by the whole impressive cast, especially Hoffman, Hawke and Finney. A strong 4.5 stars.