No Country for Old Men
Movie Stats & Links
||Tommy Lee Jones,
Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
||Only if you might
want them to like a captive bolt pistol as a weapon.
||Only if she might
like a captive bolt pistol as a weapon.
||Lots of people
||No action, just a
lot of suspense.
||There's a couple
of good moments.
||The kids on the
bikes at the end of them movie coming across Anton.
||Anton: "No, but I
gave my word.
||Joel and Ethan
||Scott Rudin, Ethan
Coen, Joel Coen
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.
No Country for Old Men
A Movie Review
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
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
It 5 stars out of 5 for "No Country for Old Men."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!