No Country for Old Men
“It’s just all out war. I can’t figure it out.” Uttered from a clueless sheriff’s deputy overlooking the carnage of a drug deal gone wrong in south Texas-everybody knows-don’t mess with Texas! Unless you’re the Coen brothers!
Following a novel written by Cormac McCarthy, the Coen brothers were only short a saloon and chewing tobacco in adapting No Country for Old Men into what every modern day western should be.
Ever witness a crime scene? Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) has certainly had his fill. Cleaning up the messes of drug trafficking in South Texas his eyes have witnessed the untold stories of lives colliding into turmoil, but in this instance-not before good ole boy Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin-portraying the best 80’s south Texan and miles removed from the goondocks).
Antelope hunting, Llewelyn encounters the remains of a drug deal gone terribly wrong. Blood stained earth saturates the desert landscape cluttered by the empty shell casings cast by personal machine guns and shotguns. Drifted away through the desert, Llewelyn tracks the man who escaped the scene-only he did not leave unharmed. Overlooking buzzard food Llewelyn removes a satchel from the unlucky mans arms which contains two million dollars. Finding the money would not lead to Llewelyn ruins, but keeping it might be another story!
Deciding to keep the money, Llewelyn goes back to his trailer and decides to send his wife off to the in-laws for safe keeping and to go mobile as he realizes the danger that might come his way. What is he running from? Llewelyn is escaping the unknown of the reality of Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem).
Chigurh (comical pronunciation-Sugar) is the creepiest, meanest, and ruthless psycho you would never want to come into contact with…he is an untouchable! Killing is his life and he was nothing short of a ghostly hitman that took no sides other than his own-his willingness to kill was his only drive. Cattle gun killer, strangler, and rifle engineering all clue you into the cleverness and twisted demeanor of this odd man.
Scene after scene the Coen’s keep your eyes plastered to the big screen and on the edge of your seat as Llewelyn gives Chigurh a little South Texan hospitality. Battle of the wits or survival of the fittest? Who will be the means to the others end?
Ed Tom Bell “What you got ain’t new. Can’t stop what’s coming. Ain’t all waiting on you. That’s vanity.”
And that is why it is No Country for Old Men.
Reviewed by: Josh Bowlin.
Duration: 122 mins.
Genre: Drama, Thriller.
Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Woody Harrelson, Josh Brolin.
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen.
Release Date: 31-01-2008.