Although presented in a non-linear timeline, this crime drama portrays the absolute worst characteristics of seemingly normal people who become desperate. Philip Seymour Hoffman is riveting as the antagonist who becomes more and more inhuman as the film goes along. The only complaint I have is with Ethan Hawke's acting. Whenever he is attempting to cry or show emotion, he acts like he is having bowel problems. He is the only weak link in an ensemble cast of incredible actors.