Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Sidney Lumet (2007)

A triumph of formalism and unbelievably dull. I’m not sure if there’s a cause and effect relationship there, or just a coincidental one. Lumet’s so intent on his manipulations of time and point of view (which are, indisputably, hugely clever) that he fails to put any energy into creating three-dimensional characters or believable dialogue. Very Robbe-Grilletish, but not on purpose, I don’t think.

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