In memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman who died of an OD last Sunday I write this post. Hoffman starred in Before the evil knows you’re dead, directed by Sydney Lumet in 2007. It is one of my favorite movies.
Hoffman plays Andy, a drug addict broker. He is married to his beautiful wife (Marisa Tomei). Andy’s brother (Ethan Hawke) is divorced and can hardly make ends meet. Despite his seemingly succesful career Andy is short in cash. He has used one of his client’s money. Now he needs to pay the debts.
So Andy convinces Hank to rob their parents’ jewellry shop. Hanks needs extra cash to pay his alimony. He thinks the insurance company would cover the loss anyway, he and his brother get the money and everybody would be happy.
Unfortunately the robbery goes wrong. I won’t write any spoilers, just go and see this tragic drama. You won’t be disappointed.
The cast is excellent. The story develops quite interestingly. It is eerie to see Hoffman playing a drug addict convincingly. I guess life imitates art applies here. Take a good look at the scene where Hoffman destroys the room, so coldly in control with the anger underneath.
What I like about Hoffman’s performance in all his movies was his ability to shine in the simpliest or heaviest role he had. Watching him was not watching Hoffman, but the role itself. And his voice, it was so impressive. He used it with an amazing dose in every word he said.
I can say Hoffman was one of the best actors the past 15 years.
RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman!