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No Country for Old Men

A 2008 movie starring Javier Bardem directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

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The times they are a chang'in

  • Jul 11, 2009
Sheriff Ed Tom Bell is a good sheriff.  He can put together a crime scene and get in touch with who he needs to.  Never gets hurt and does a good job keeping the peace.  One day though an ugly and violent crime is enough to put him out to pasture.  It was enough to make him realize how just like all those disgusting crimes across the country he only read about in newspapers, has finally come home to West Texas.  Towards the end of his tenure as Sheriff, an old friend of his tells him some bitter truths: "You can't stop whats coming.  This counties hard on people." 

A wonderful piece of the changing world has a good man whos hurt wanting a man's coat in the middle of the night and willing to pay big money for it and the owner giving the man stick for the money before he hands anything over.  Later on an evil man who suffered a bad accident needs help and two boys lend aid, he insists on giving money which the young boys try to refuse.

In desolate West Texas, a welder and trailer park dweller Lewellon Moss is out hunting and comes across a a mass murder scene, with a stash of brown heroin in the trucks and a couple million in cash not far away.  Seeing this as a chance to make a better life he takes the money and runs home but finds that bounty hunters are on his tail, including one sociopath Anton Chigurgh who is able to find him wherever Moss goes.  Moss needs to stay a step ahead of Chigurgh before Chigurgh can take the money back and kill Moss and Sheriff Bell needs to track down either party while steadily feeling the dread of the new violent world creep up on him.

No Country For Old Men is proof that the Coen brothers best movies have been they're violent dramas.  From they're earliest movie, Blood Simple up to this one it has always been the case.  They're comedies are nice but you can tell they're passion rests in drama.  The movie is devoid of a musical score creating a real sense of atmosphere and gravity to the drama and the couple of funny lines uttered are real sounding diolouge that regular people can utter in a real life situation.

The only thing thats out of this world is the antagonist, Anton Chigurgh.  Described as a "prophet of destruction" in the book his eerie voice, twisted morals and ice blooded actions coupled with professionalism to a job of a bounty hunter makes him the newest member of classic movie villians.  Scarier then the classic Terminator with a visage that can blend into any background and making him indistinguishable from anyone else.  A former colleague is even surprised that a man fought Chigurgh and lived to tell the tale.

People have complianed about the violence of the movie.  It comes about every 20 minutes and is bloody and sudden, very reminiscent of Taxi Driver which is another movie which gets attacked for it's shocking shoot out in the penultimate scene, the only violence in the movie.  It can be jarring since none of the violence is stylized and every shot fired has a bloody death.  The calm serenity of the movie is shattered with it's shotguns and rifles.

Creepy and dark with the feeling that a forboding stranger with his pneumatic cattle gun and silenced shotgun is calmly approaching you from behind.  No Country For Old Men has it's morality in play on the world that once was and will never be the same.  When past movies that turned the cinema world on it's ear with it's violence and changed the landscape, No Country does the same and makes a point to tell us what a world it's become.
Josh Brolin as Lewllon Moss Chigurgh discusses a store clerks future, friend o Moss at home with Carla Jean Sheriff Ed Tom Bell investigating the crime scene Moss on the run from Chigurgh Sheriff Bell faces a dreadul situation

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October 21, 2010
Loved this movie
October 21, 2010
So did I. After the 2000's and a string of movies I didn't care fore, the Coens made a comeback here. I think they knew that too.
July 21, 2010
I really thought this was one of the best movies I'd seen in 2007.  The ending in particular was something I really really loved.  Not to mention the unusual amount of suspense.  It was relatively scary at times.  A lot of people don't like the ending because it's not "happy"... but that's part of why it's called "No Country for Old Men." 
July 21, 2010
I was stunned to see how it ended but most movies usually just give us the push that because the hero has an idea what to do, doesn't mean it will always pan out, just like in real life. The more I think about it, the more I love this movie.
July 21, 2010
Excellent review! I loved the ending of this film and it was just perfect for the film. Thanks!
July 21, 2010
Whats even better is that the movie takes at times right from the book. They leave a small detail out of the movie at the finale but it's not important.
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review by . May 02, 2011
This movie is probably the Coens at the height of their moviemaking prowess, even though this isn't my favourite overall of their movies. That title still belongs to The Big Lebowski. However, I do think this is the best Coen drama, girded by exceptionally strong performances and a simple but enthralling premise. That guided by the Coen brothers' steady directing makes No Country For Old Men a definite must-see and a fitting entry into their collection. It's also very worthy of winning …
review by . March 26, 2008
Wow. Great movie. I saw this movie at the Rialto in Raleigh, NC, which is worth a trip in itself as an old school "movie palace". The lobby is about the size of my kitchen at home, just enough room for a concession stand, then double doors open directly into the big theatre with a concrete floor sloping down to the big screen on a real stage. Stepping through those double doors is a 50-year step backwards, but the place looks like it has been recently renovated as the floor is clean, the seats are …
review by . May 30, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
      NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN       I don't know about you but I have always been a huge fan of the Coen Brothers Joel and Ethan, I have liked every film the two have put together. This is no exception and is just another classic in a long list of classics, both theatrically and on DVD this is a brilliant film. I can honestly say that a lot of the time I do not agree with the winners or even the nominees chosen by the Academy for the Oscar but they got it right …
review by . July 01, 2011
While it's very easy to trace comparisons between this film and prior Coen projects, such an exercise seems almost trivial when one considers that this story was adapted from one of Cormac McCarthy's most accessible novels. It's comforting to note that the Coens have found a story compatible with their usual trademarks: dialogue characterized by a regional vernacular, eccentrics who both voice and embody the story's themes and a measured pace interjected by bizarre scenes of intense …
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2011
This movie takes patience, and requires interpreting. If you're not interested in having to think through what the movie is trying to say, it will just seem like one damn thing after another.
Quick Tip by . December 28, 2010
"The Terminator" in Texas...    Somehow I have to make 50 characters here.
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
CRAZY but so incredibly good. Watched it in my criminology class.
review by . September 06, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
I was sheriff of this county when I was twenty-five years old. Hard to believe. My grandfather was a lawman; father too. Me and him was sheriffs at the same time; him up in Plano and me out here. I think he's pretty proud of that. I know I was. Some of the old time sheriffs never even wore a gun. A lotta folks find that hard to believe. Jim Scarborough'd never carry one; that's the younger Jim. Gaston Boykins wouldn't wear one up in Camanche County. I always liked to hear about the oldtimers. Never …
Quick Tip by . October 31, 2009
Poor Texas man runs off with drug money he finds at a crime scene only to have a bounty hunter on his tail and a sheriff in between. Great.
review by . May 08, 2009
The story opens in the desolate west Texas countryside, as Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles upon a drug deal gone bad and makes off with a suitcase full of money. He figures he'll be followed and he's right; Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a ruthless and patient killer, is after him. Chigurh is, in turn, being tracked by the local sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones), a good ol' country boy who's amazed at how violent criminals have become lately.     I'd heard this was a bloody guy-movie …
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The Coen brothers make their finest thriller sinceFargowith a restrained adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel. Not that there aren't moments of intense violence, butNo Country for Old Menis their quietest, most existential film yet. In this modern-day Western, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) is a Vietnam vet who could use a break. One morning while hunting antelope, he spies several trucks surrounded by dead bodies (both human and canine). In examining the site, he finds a case filled with $2 million. Moss takes it with him, tells his wife (Kelly Macdonald) he's going away for awhile, and hits the road until he can determine his next move. On the way from El Paso to Mexico, he discovers he's being followed by ex-special ops agent Chigurh (an eerily calm Javier Bardem). Chigurh's weapon of choice is a cattle gun, and he uses it on everyone who gets in his way--or loses a coin toss (as far as he's concerned, bad luck is grounds for death). Just as Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), a World War II vet, is on Moss's trail, Chigurh's former colleague, Wells (Woody Harrelson), is on his. For most of the movie, Moss remains one step ahead of his nemesis. Both men are clever and resourceful--except Moss has a conscience, Chigurh does not (he is, as McCarthy puts it, "a prophet of destruction"). At times, the film plays like an old horror movie, with Chigurh as its lumbering Frankenstein monster. Like the taciturn terminator,No Country for Old ...
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Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Release Date: 2007, November 9, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Runtime: 2hrs 2min
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