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