No Country For Old Men (2007)

no countryNo Country For Old Men (2007)

Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen

Summary: In the middle of a barren Texan countryside Llewlyn Moss stumbles upon a collection of bodies strewn about from a shootout. He finds a briefcase full of money and decides to take it with the possibility of consequence hanging overhead. Meanwhile, Anton Chigurh is making his way through the small town in an effort to return the money, void of emotion he systematically murders those in his path. Sheriff Bell on the edge of retirement seeks to find the one responsible for the accumulated murders in an otherwise sleepy town, and ponders the new generation of killers he cannot understand.

Analysis: No Country For Old Men is one of the Coen brother’s best films. I see a lot of parallels in this film and old western themes of the good, the bad and the ugly characters. You have the good, played by Tommy Lee Jones as an older generation sheriff concerned and confused by the way the world and crime is shifting. The bad, is Anton Chigurh played by Javier Bardem, a psychopathic hitman who creates his own rules while coldly killing those in his path. The ugly, is played by Josh Brolin as Llewelyn, a cowboy representing the everyday man who is conflicted with questions of morality, right and wrong. Not only is this film interesting to watch, but the Coen brothers bring a complex array of thematic layers along with the well-defined characters they are known for.

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One response to “No Country For Old Men (2007)

  1. I have not seen this movie but I know it had wonderful reviews. After reading your review, I think I want to watch it.

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