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No Country For Old Men — Films That Suggest There Is No God

Gist: A hunter who scoops up a ton of cash from the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong is pursued by the authorities and a psychopathic hitman with a creepy bowl haircut.

Supposed Godlessness: In the hard-crusted prairies of rural Texas, man makes his violent and bitter choices and no God is there to help him when things go south. Events, bad and good, are completely random, and no sense can be made from any of it.

Counter Argument: The conscience of the film is represented by an aging and weary sheriff played by Tommy Lee Jones. He is a god-fearing man, it would seem, but that still seems to give him little consolation at the misery and violence all around him. Says the sheriff near the end: “I always thought when I got older God would sort of come into my life in some way. He didn’t. I don’t blame him. If I was him I’d have the same opinion about me that he does.”

Conclusion: At best, God is indifferent to the violent and miserable world he has created.

NEXT: The Masked Man

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