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Review: No Country for Old Men (2007)

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Both No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood have been on my to-watch-list since the competed at almost every award show in ’07. Daniel Day-Lewis, as much as I hate to say it, will have to wait. Today is Javier Bardem’s day.

Set in the 1980’s hunter and Texan, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) comes across a botched drug deal, snatching up the suitcase of money for himself. Things get complicated when killer, and all around crazy person Anton Chigurh (Bardem) goes on the chase to get the money. Bringing things up in the rear, there is Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) trying to figure out what the heck is going on. Soon Llewlyn’s family is in danger, the chase gets more intense, and we get one of the most unique killing weapons in cinematic history.

Give credit to the Coen Brothers. Every person in this film is casted perfectly. The everyman caught in the middle but who can also stand his own is Josh Brolin perfectly. No one could’ve pulled off the creepy hairstyling of Bardem, and can anyone play a Texas cop like Tommy Lee Jones? To see NCFOM, is to see how to script meant it to be performed. Like most Coen movies, it blends genres like crazy, mixing Western, horror, crime, and comedy all in one. Everything was going fine, until the finale. (Spoiler ahead, so skip if you haven’t seen it) I’ve always been a fan of finales where you don’t exactly know what happened. But I was not too fond of this one. For one, I assume most of the Moss family dies, but with the whole movie focusing on his escape, we don’t even get any hint of what happens to him? Seems like myself, as the viewer, wasted that investment I had in the main character, and not get any real sight into how it ends.

Anyway, the whole movie is really good, with an unfortunate end. Don’t let that prevent you from seeing it if you haven’t already. No Country for Old Men is a lesson in tense atmosphere, white knuckle action, and some serious violence. So…if you’re into that sort of thing….

My Rating: A-

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