5 "Admit your situation. There would be more dignity in it."farnzy | 31/03/2008 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer 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."