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No Country For Old Men

Released on 02 June 2008

Featuring: Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson & Josh Brolin

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The Academy Award winning adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's violent, poetic and darkly funny crime novel No Country For Old Men sees The Coen Brothers produce their finest thriller to date. Set amongst the wild, empty, and imposing landscape of 1980s Texas, No Country For Old Men is a masterly tale of the good, the deranged, and the outright doomed.

Approaching retirement, Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) is one of the last links to the history of Texas' Old West and the men who patrolled the frontiers of decency and lawlessness. These days, though, he feels less and less able to comprehend the new breed of violent criminals that have drifted into his jurisdiction. Violent men like Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem): an enigmatic, psychopathic, and obsessively compulsive killer who determines the fate of his victims with a quick flip of a coin. Chigurh, an ex-special-forces operative turned hit man, has been hired to track down two million dollars in cash taken from the scene of a drug-deal gone awry and whoever spirited it away. That man is Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin): a financially struggling hardened Vietnam veteran who stumbled upon the money and a substantial amount of heroin amongst a sea of bloody corpses and a bullet-strewn truck whilst hunting antelope in the desert near the Mexican border.

McCarthy's melancholic and muscular prose is a perfect match for the Coen brothers' unique brand of poker-faced irony. The narrative ellipses entwine with the Coens' modern noir nonchalance and dark humour to highlight and explore the similarities and differences of Moss, Chigurh, and Bell as they try to track one another down. With dark intelligence and an unstoppable array of sly wit, No Country For Old Men is reminiscent of Joel and Ethan Coen's early neo-noir motion picture Blood Simple and their much-lauded Academy Award winning Fargo and is a cat-and-mouse chase epic that engages and excites from beginning to end.

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 "Admit your situation. There would be more dignity in it."

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No Country For Old Men is a film made up of indelible marks both physical and mental. A throttled deputy's boot marks the floor as he kicks wildly in his last moments of life, the trail of blood from a wounded dog leading to a circle of death, metal scratches left in an air conditioning vent by a bag containing two million dollars. Each visible scar etched into the celluloid is a constant reminder of the dark soul of man and the genesis of Reaganomics in America.
The laissez-faire philosophy in the early 80s extends from money to human life in No Country For Old Men. The 2 million dollars found by Moss, already the catalyst for the annihilation of Mexican drug dealers, leads to his reckless choice and the danger it places his family in, as well as motivating Chigurgh to ever more brutal acts of murder.
Trying to make sense of this increasingly violent world is Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, a good man who constantly battles with his conscience when making the decision whether or not to retire and leave the world to it's fate.
Ed Tom, along with Moss and Chigurgh, make up a triumvirate of male characters who equally rule the screen and are constantly in pursuit of one another. No Country constantly confounds genre expectations, as the men never quite meet, adding to our suspense. It also creates a sense of increasing dread for Moss; for as capable as he is we realise that he will need Ed Tom to stop the demonic Chigurgh.
The Coen's movie is reminiscent of Don Siegel's Charley Varrick, The Hitcher, or even Near Dark in as much as the desert landscapes add a mythical quality to the horrific violence unfolding amongst such stunning vistas. In fact No Country might even be compared to Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, in it's use of landscapes and interaction between it's leading men. Leone and the Coen's both lean to the Ancient Greek ideal, men who are heroic, not heroes, men who are ambitious in scale, high-flown or dramatic.
With No Country For Old Men the Coen's have finally found their directorial feet. This is no Big Lebowski, but finally a grown up, adult picture, a masterpiece of restraint and subtlety. It is a dark tale of the modern age and the passing of a perceived better time. It could be seen as The Wild Bunch but as Ellis says to Ed Tom, "Watcha got ain't nothing new. This country's hard on people, you can't stop what's coming, it ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

 BRINGS A WHOLE NEW MEANING TO THE WORD ANTI-CLIMAX!

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I am one of the few people who actually was underwhelmed by this film. Usually I think the Coen brothers are outstanding directors, and with all the critics and film magazines, not to mention the Oscars hailing this as the Best Coen brother film and the film of the year I expected a classic. Don't get me wrong the film has many stand out moments, and does thrill in places. Also the acting is superb, the plot for the first eighty minutes is very clever. But the film becomes very unhinged leading to a head scratching ending, that never resolves anything. All you get is the Assassin walking away with a compound fracture, and Tommy Lee Jones talking about a dream about his long dead father. I'm sure this all means something deep and meaningful, but it all past over my head.
This is no way a poor film, just criminally overrated!

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I am one of the few people who actually was underwhelmed by this film. Usually I think the Coen brothers are outstanding directors, and with all the critics and film magazines, not to mention the Oscars hailing this as the Best Coen brother film and the film of the year I expected a classic. Don't get me wrong the film has many stand out moments, and does thrill in places. Also the acting is superb, the plot for the first eighty minutes is very clever. But the film becomes very unhinged leading to a head scratching ending, that never resolves anything. All you get is the Assassin walking away with a compound fracture, and Tommy Lee Jones talking about a dream about his long dead father. I'm sure this all means something deep and meaningful, but it all past over my head.
This is no way a poor film, just criminally overrated!

 One of my Faves.

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Well, I loved this film.
Everything was perfect. The Story, the casting, the dialogue, the way it was shot.
Don't quite understand why there are so many bad reviews here.
Another great from the Coen Brothers.
This is my second favorite, after Fargo.

Highly Recommended to any fan of (good) movies!

 An Instant Classic

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No Country For Old Men is a magnificent film and is one of the best and most highly original films to come out of Hollywood in years. This film well deserved the academy award for best picture. The film is amazing, Its just 2 hours of pure genius. This is by far the Coen brothers best film yet, and certainly reinstated them as among the best in Hollywood again.

The film has jaw dropping cinematography and is visual spectacular whilst being gritty and down to earth. The characters are well drawn out and Javier Bardem makes an awesome psychopath. And deserved the best actor award for that (easily). Tommy Lee Jones was fantastic too, like usual. All the performances were great.

This really is a triumph of modern day American cinema and i would recommend this film to anyone who likes the spaghetti westerns or 'There Will Be Blood', which admittedly is similar but the two should not be compared. as they are both great films. This is definitely worth every penny of the money and probably more! This WILL be an instant classic!

5 star film (acting/cinematography/directing)
3 star product (average)
- More special features!!

But still 5 stars overall, just for the film.

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ActorsTommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Josh Brolin, James Brolin, Stephen Root, Kelly MacDonanld, Garret Dillahunt, Javier Bardem & Jason Douglas
DirectorEthan Coen & Joel Coen
Certificate15 years and over
Year2007
ScreenWidescreen
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration2 hours and 2 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.