My Review of ‘No Country for Old Men” (2007)

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This movie essentially pits psychokiller versus greedy Texas shitkicker in the battle for possession of two mill in found drug money (after a deal goes south). Llewellyn Moss (played by Josh Brolin) ends up running from hitman Anton Chigurh (played deadpan with crazy eyes by Javier Bardem), a guy who goes around killing people at the flip of a coin.

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Moss sends his wife, Carla Jean (played superbly by Kelly Macdonald) to her mother’s with plans to run off with the dough and meet her later — hopefully, after Chigurh’s run out of bullets or compressed air. (A little in-joke — see the movie to understand that.)

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Meanwhile, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (played with a laconic drawl by Tommy Lee Jones) follows leads as Chigurh runs rampant like an air-compressed Terminator.

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The movie captures the feel of the book (which I read beforehand) beautifully. However, the novel’s focus was primarily on the sheriff and his take on how the world has changed. The film demonstrates the theme of a changing and frightening world using more of the characters. We end up sympathizing with not only the sheriff, but Moss and his wife.

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But Javier Bardem steals the show as the coin-flipping killer. He’s like the personification of the world gone mad — one in which murder is committed based on random chance, not motive.

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The end of this movie felt oddly “up in the air,” as if the story hadn’t quite been resolved. Which may be the point of the story — where is all this leading us?

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The movie is a great example of a noir Western that I give two thumbs up!

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2 Responses to My Review of ‘No Country for Old Men” (2007)

  1. Josh Hammond says:

    I loved this movie too, especially the end. So many people I know hadn’t read the book and were surprised by the focus on the sheriff. Hard to pick one, but this might be my favorite Coen brothers film.

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    • It certainly one of my favorites, but it is hard to pick one favorite by the Coens.

      I’d probably rate this one up with “The Big Lebowski” — for entirely different reasons, of course. 🙂

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