Film: Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
"May you be in heaven a full half-hour before the devil knows you're dead"Before The Devil Knows You're Dead is a 2007 Crime Drama directed by Sidney Lumet in his last film, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, Albert Finney, Rosemary Harris and Amy Ryan, scored by Carter Burwell.
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead provides examples of the following tropes:
- The Alcoholic: Word of God confirms that Hank will most likely be one after escaping with the money.
- Alliterative Name: Hank Hanson
- Anachronic Order
- Asshole Victim: Seeing how Andy was responsible for three people's deaths (one of whom was his own mother.) very few people felt sad when Charles finally kills him.
- Cain and Abel: Hank is the Abel to Andy's Cain.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: When it comes time for Charles to kill Andy, he makes sure that the latter is weakened, that he knows how to turn off the heart monitor before attaching said heart monitor equipment to himself, then after smothering Andy, reattaches the equipment to his corpse.
- Downer Ending: Andy and Hank's mother is dead, Andy murders three people, Charles smothers Andy to death with a pillow, and everybody who's still alive is facing a bleak, meaningless existence for the rest of their lives. Further, it's pointed out in the commentary that Hank has the money, but will probably blow it all on alcohol.
- Extreme Doormat: To say that Hank's a pushover would be an understatement.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Horribly, horribly wrong.
- Idiosyncratic Wipes
- IKEA Erotica: The opening sex scene is played with such passionless blandness that it's almost painful. Arguably a case of Tropes Are Not Bad, though, as it's utilized to offer a window into Andy's psyche rather than simply being boring.
- Ironic Echo: Andy being shot by Bobby's widow while threatening to shoot Hank is similar to the beginning where Bobby is shot by Nanette during the robbery.
- Jerkass: Most characters can qualify, but Hank's ex-wife (Amy Ryan) is more obvious than others.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Occasionally Albert Finney's british accent shines through.
- Parental Favoritism: At Nanette's (Hank and Andy's mother's) funeral, Charles tries to apologize to Andy for preferring Hank because he didn't want the former to end up like him.
- Plethora of Mistakes
- R-Rated Opening: The opening shot is a sex scene between Marisa Tomei and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
- Shout-Out: "Did you touch anything?" "I don't think so." "You don't THINK SO?" very closely echoes a similar conversation in Lumet's Family Business.
- Siblings in Crime: Hank and Andy scheme the robbery together, but not the actual execution as Andy fears he might be recognized.
- A Simple Plan: Robbing your parent's store, attended by a harmless elderly woman. A victimless crime because insurance will fully compensate their parents for the stolen items.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: It's about as far from idealism as you can get and still be considered realist.
- Stealing from the Till: Andy sets everything in motion because he faces an upcoming audit that will reveal his having embezzled from his employer to fund a heroin addiction..
- Tragedy: The happiest it ever gets is when Hank and Andy first hatch the scheme to rob their parents' jewelry store.
- A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Man, if Hank had only stuck to the plan...
- Tragic Mistake: In the overall scheme of things, the robbery, and within that, brigning in Bobby Lasorda to do the actual robbery.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Andy and Gina. Strangely, she's the insecure one in need of his assurance that he loves her. And with good reason, as he's so pre-occupied with his problems that he's completely oblivious to how unhappy she is— and that she's having an affair with his brother.
- Villainous Breakdown: Andy has an epic one by the end.
- Villain Protagonist: Andy and Hank, the former more than the latter.
- Vorpal Pillow / Sickbed Slaying: How Andy dies.
- Your Cheating Heart: Gina cheats on Andy with Hank.