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I went to see "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" today and I'll be blown if the film wasn't really, really depressing.

It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke as two brothers who, for differing reasons, need money. Hoffman comes up with the idea of robbing their parents jewelery store. When the raid goes pair shaped, we watch the family slowly fall apart as Hawke feels every more guilty for his role and Hoffman tries ever more desperate measures to keep Hawke in line.

The story is told in clips. We look at events through Hawkes, Hoffman's and Albert Finney's eyes (Finnry plays the father). As the story unfolds we learn (to a degree) understand what brought them to a position where they felt they had to do what they did.

It was a depressing film. No Country For Old Men was depressing too, but it also had some black humor to even things out. This, however, was depressing from start to finish, with no mitigating humor in between.

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