"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.
>>> A plus de quatre-vingt printemps et pas moins d'une bonne quarantaine de longs métrages à son actif, le sémillant Sidney Lumet nous revient avec un énergique thriller domestique qui dénote une efficace et rude connaissance du métier et confirme la rigoureuse présence scénique d'un acteur exceptionnel (l'incontournable Philip Seymour Hoffman). www.cinefiches.com
Un inesorabile crescendo di svolte impreviste in quello ideato come il proverbiale "piano perfetto". Sceneggiato benissimo il deragliamento delle vite dei due fratelli Hanson, mentre corrono al riparo dai colpi scagliati dalle loro stesse scelte sbagliate e da un fato impietoso. La cinepresa di Lumet danza tra le crisi finanziarie e le soluzioni improvvisate, in un film di gran spessore narrativo.
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.
Appealing in the way how it evolves, rather than about what. Relying on editing technique that isn't all that original (e.g. early Tarantino), but perfectly paced with a school of film framing hidden beneath, film comes off like a mosaic of emotions. Some critics were bothered by too much melodrama coming in too late, but I found "late revelations" to be the exact point for a story structured in this manner.
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.