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20th Nov '17 3:32:05 AM LlamaAdventure
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** ''Film/RogueOne'' comes ''very'' close to this trope when the efforts to retrieve the Death Star plans, which had already cost hundreds of Rebel Alliance lives (including [[spoiler: every single main character]]) are nearly foiled at the end of the film by a single jammed door. Fortunately, it's pretty much a ForegoneConclusion that they'll succeed in the end, because otherwise the events of ''Film/StarWarsANewHope'' couldn't happen.
25th Aug '17 6:20:55 PM nombretomado
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* In Alexei Balabanov's ''The Stoker'', the protagonist desperately tries to construct an ethical system of good and bad in chaotic CrapsackWorld of TheNewRussia, fails horribly, and his following of morals ruins his life, and he ends up commiting suicide.

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* In Alexei Balabanov's ''The Stoker'', the protagonist desperately tries to construct an ethical system of good and bad in chaotic CrapsackWorld of TheNewRussia, UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia, fails horribly, and his following of morals ruins his life, and he ends up commiting suicide.
30th Jul '17 7:43:02 PM DanielCase
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* ''Film/{{Z}}''. Ending narration reveals that a military coup led to all the conspirators' release from prison and their sentences being canceled, wiping out all the work the prosecutor (who has also been removed from the case) did to get those convictions.
28th Jul '17 11:31:30 PM DanielCase
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* ''Film/{{Elle}}''. At the end of the film, Michéle decides it's finally time to visit her imprisoned father (if only so she can [[SpitefulSpit spit in his face]]), however [[DrivenToSuicide upon hearing the news, he kills himself in his cell]].
14th Jul '17 10:30:26 AM benda
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* ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' Detectives David Mills and William Summerset [[spoiler:achieve exactly nothing, and indeed are an essential part of the serial killer's master plan. John Doe kills Mills's wife, prompting Mills to kill him, leading to Mills being arrested.]] "Ernest Hemingway said: 'The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part."

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* ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' comes pretty close. Detectives David Mills and William Summerset [[spoiler:achieve exactly nothing, and indeed are an essential part of the serial killer's master plan. John Doe kills Mills's wife, prompting Mills to kill him, leading to Mills being arrested.]] [[RayOfHopeEnding And yet there's a ray of hope]]: "Ernest Hemingway said: 'The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part."
14th Jul '17 9:49:54 AM benda
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* ''Film/TheGreatSilence'' is a borderline example. The film sets up a pretty standard story of an antihero out for vengeance and protecting some townsfolk from cruel bounty hunters. And then [[spoiler: the bounty hunters kill the comedic sheriff, kill the townsfolk, kill the hero's girl, and kill the hero. It is a total and unqualified victory for the villains.]] And yet the closing credits stated that the whole thing was so shocking for the public opinion that it resulted in a ban on bounty hunting, thus ultimately subverting the trope.

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* ''Film/TheGreatSilence'' is a borderline example. The film sets up a pretty standard story of an antihero out for vengeance and protecting some townsfolk from cruel bounty hunters. And then [[spoiler: the bounty hunters kill the comedic sheriff, kill the townsfolk, kill the hero's girl, and kill the hero. It is a total and unqualified victory for the villains.]] And yet the closing credits title card stated that the whole thing was so shocking for the public opinion that it resulted in a ban on bounty hunting, thus ultimately subverting the trope.
14th Jul '17 9:48:33 AM benda
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* ''Film/TheGreatSilence''. The film sets up a pretty standard story of an antihero out for vengeance and protecting some townsfolk from cruel bounty hunters. And then [[spoiler: the bounty hunters kill the comedic sheriff, kill the townsfolk, kill the hero's girl, and kill the hero. It is a total and unqualified victory for the villains.]]

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* ''Film/TheGreatSilence''.''Film/TheGreatSilence'' is a borderline example. The film sets up a pretty standard story of an antihero out for vengeance and protecting some townsfolk from cruel bounty hunters. And then [[spoiler: the bounty hunters kill the comedic sheriff, kill the townsfolk, kill the hero's girl, and kill the hero. It is a total and unqualified victory for the villains.]]]] And yet the closing credits stated that the whole thing was so shocking for the public opinion that it resulted in a ban on bounty hunting, thus ultimately subverting the trope.
24th Jun '17 9:44:28 PM WildeOscar
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* ''Film/RosemarysBaby'': All of Rosemary's attempts to escape her husband and the Satanic cult he's allied with before she gives birth fail completely, and she gives birth in their clutches. Not that it would've made the slightest bit of difference if any of her escape attempts had succeeded since her baby [[spoiler: is Satan's child, the Anti Christ.]] For all the difference it made, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Rosemary might as well've wolfed down the entire ice cream the night before her baby's conception, and been a blindly trusting idiot afterwards]] (not that she really is a blindly trusting idiot, mind you, it just would've made no difference if she was).

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* ''Film/RosemarysBaby'': All of Rosemary's attempts to escape her husband and the Satanic cult he's allied with before she gives birth fail completely, and she gives birth in their clutches. Not that it would've made the slightest bit of difference if any of her escape attempts had succeeded since her baby [[spoiler: is Satan's child, the Anti Christ.]] For all the difference it made, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Rosemary might as well've wolfed down the entire ice cream chocolate mousse the night before her baby's conception, and been a blindly trusting idiot afterwards]] (not that she really is a blindly trusting idiot, mind you, it just would've made no difference if she was).
15th Jun '17 3:53:45 PM TompaDompa
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* ''Film/TheDraughtsmansContract'': [[spoiler: Mr. Neville is killed, his drawings are destroyed, and he never even found out who killed Mr. Herbert.]]
30th Apr '17 3:02:54 PM nombretomado
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** ''Film/TheBadSleepWell'', his (very loose) adaptation of ''Hamlet''. ToshiroMifune spends the entire movie building up ThePlan to get his ultimate revenge on the corporate grifters who drove his father to suicide, but he ends up falling in love with the daughter of his primary target, leading the evil executive to drug his own daughter and arrange for him to be killed. You don't see him die--the daughter and her brother return to his hideout, only to be told by his badly beaten best friend that he, too was drugged and then sent on the road, where he was killed by a train.

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** ''Film/TheBadSleepWell'', his (very loose) adaptation of ''Hamlet''. ToshiroMifune Creator/ToshiroMifune spends the entire movie building up ThePlan to get his ultimate revenge on the corporate grifters who drove his father to suicide, but he ends up falling in love with the daughter of his primary target, leading the evil executive to drug his own daughter and arrange for him to be killed. You don't see him die--the daughter and her brother return to his hideout, only to be told by his badly beaten best friend that he, too was drugged and then sent on the road, where he was killed by a train.
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