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No Country for Old Men
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Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Miramax / Paramount Vantage
Web Site: www.nocountryforoldmen.com
Kiddie Movie: Only if you might want them to like a captive bolt pistol as a weapon.
Date Movie: Only if she might like a captive bolt pistol as a weapon.
Gratuitous Sex: Nope.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of people die.
Action: No action, just a lot of suspense.
Laughs: There's a couple of good moments.
Memorable Scene: The kids on the bikes at the end of them movie coming across Anton.
Memorable Quote: Anton: "No, but I gave my word.
Directed By: Joel and Ethan Coen
Produced By: Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

No Country for Old Men
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:02 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Normally I would hate a movie that ends the way "No Country for Old Men" did, but for a change I though it was perfect, and I promise not to give it away.

Hereís the storyÖ

Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) is a Vietnam vet who likes to hunt and is married to Carla (Kelly Macdonald). Ed (Tommy Lee Jones) is the Sheriff in a county in Texas and from the opening dialogue we find that he has become disgruntled with the world, longing for a time when some Sheriffs didnít even need to wear a gun. One day while out hunting Moss comes across a drug deal gone bad, opts to take the money over the drugs, and in a moment of morality, or maybe its being ethical, or maybe heís a fan of "My Name is Earl" and is a little worried about the karma train, he does something that sets everything on a collision course with killer Anton (Javier Bardem) leading the way.

It seems Anton has been brought on board to re-secure the drugs and money, and Anton is a killer, a maniacal killer at that, whose weapon (and door-opening tool) of choice is an air-powered captive bolt pistol, but also likes a high powered gun as well. Heís also a pretty good investigator so now itís time for Anton to track Moss and get the money.

And, oh yea, the Mexican drug people arenít too happy with Moss, either.

So Moss gets his wife out of harmís way, and now the race is on to see if Moss can successfully cover his tracks to dodge both Anton and the Mexicans. In the meantime Sheriff Ed mostly just sits back soaking in all of the badness that keeps happening around him, with bodies piling up in towns around him, and realizing that Moss has no idea the world of trouble he is in. The good Sheriff totally resists meeting with the Federal folks, eventually Moss realizes killing Anton is really the only way to get him off his tail, and then the last 30 minutes of the movie happen. And it is great.

Now as much as some of you action fiends out there might be going "Great, this sounds like a kick-ass, shoot Ďem up flick," let me warn you that this is a Coen brotherís movie, in the same vein as "Fargo" only without as much of the funny. And thatís not a bad thing, except it does mean you will get a lot of artsier filmmaking you may not like. But me, I loved this film. Anton is one of the calmest, methodical, bizarre killers ever to hit the screen, sometimes leaving peopleís fate simply up to the calling of a toss of a coin, and at least for the lucky few, the captive bolt pistol is probably a nicer way to go. He doesnít talk much, but when he does itís a world in a mind that is twisted as hell, like when he comments to one of the characters simply, "No, but I gave my word."

And poor Llewelyn Moss, finding a couple million bucks, thinking it is his ticket for him and his wife to get out the trailer park but not seeing the big picture that drug traffickers arenít really likely to just let a couple million bucks go away, and then there is Sheriff Ed, who at times you feel he has become so curmudgeoned at society today that he almost has the attitude of "Why bother?", but then remembers he is a Sheriff and at least tries a bit to save those who might be in the crossfire of it all.

The reason this all works? Simply because of the acting of Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, and Tommy Lee Jones, because there isnít a minute with Moss on screen he doesn't portray that he is entitled to the money, there isnít a minute you donít think Anton will stop at nothing to get the money, and there isnít a minute you donít wonder if Sheriff Ed should be doing something more so he can to find the bad guys.

Iím not usually a fan of this type of film, but damn, from start to finish (except for one sort of weird scene towards the end that the book might explain better) I loved this movie. The dialogue was great, the acting was great, the cinematography was great, and if there is anything to remember if you ever come across a couple of million bucks at a drug deal gone bad is that if you intend to take the money, well, you might just want to forget about karma for a little while.

It 5 stars out of 5 for "No Country for Old Men."

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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