Movie Renter's Guide - April, 2009


"What Doesn't Kill You" (2008) (Blu-ray)


In Boston, Massachusetts, Paulie McDougan (Hawke) and Brian Reilly (Ruffalo) are friends and partners in crime. Petty crimes for the most part. In and out of jail for short periods.

Then, they start to work for a crime boss, Pat Kelly (Goodman), who takes the idea of criminal activities more seriously. They fall unders his spell, and get into drugs as well as robberies.

Finally, they decide on one last heist, and it is a big one: robbing an armored van during a cash pickup at a shopping center.


  • Sony Pictures
  • 2008, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 41 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital TrueHD
  • Starring Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Peet, Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Goodman
  • Directed by Brian Goodman
  • Entertainment:
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  • Violence:Yes
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Bad


Mostly, this is a story about a couple of young guys living in South Boston, and what it's like to live the life of a petty criminal. No future except an orange jump suit and steel bars.


The image is sharp, but there is only marginal use of the surround channels.


These include only the Director's Commentary (he also plays the part of Pat Kelly), Deleted Scenes, Alternate Scenes, and The Making of.