What Doesn't Kill YouSeptember 10, 2009
Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.
Release Year: 2008
Rating: 6.6/10 (6,273 voted)
Critic's Score: 71/100
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo, Brian Goodman
An armored car is robbed by three men. A passing police officer and one of the robbers exchange fire. The robber is Paulie. In a flashback we follow him and his closest friend, Brian, as they grow up together in South Boston. They're tough guys, thugs, doing jobs for the local boss and chaffing to do more. Paulie's the leader. Brian drinks too much and free bases, ignoring his wife and two young boys. Life-changing events lead him to try to go straight, look for work, take what comes his way, and go to A.A. meetings. He struggles. Paulie shows him the plans for the armored car job. Will they do it? "I am who I am," Brian tells his wife. Is crime his only skill?
Writers: Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Goodman
Mark (5 Years Old)
Mark (10 Years Old)
(as Jean Pierre 'JP' Serret)
They didn't choose a life of crime. They came from it.
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Release Date: 10 September 2009
Filming Locations: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Did You Know?
The movie is based on Brian Goodman's own life up to the mid 1990s.
In the scene where they were scoping out the armored truck, they start the car to follow it. However, we can see the car start rolling forward before we hear the ignition is turned and put in gear.
We gotta be sharp on this one.
Based On A True Story….
…normally indicates that the film you are about to watch is almost
unbelievable – this film is an exception to the rule.
Like The Departed and Gone Baby Gone, What Doesn't Kill You is an
engrossing, gritty, sharply written and well-acted drama set on the
mean streets of South Boston, which, by the number of movies being set
there, is fast becoming as notorious as the bronx.
What Doesn't Kill You has to be the film that will catapult Mark
Ruffalo into the big time, his performance is sublime, he plays a
character that stirs a number of emotions from inside – easily the star
of this gritty, intense tale of two dysfunctional friends.