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No Country for Old Men-Movie Review 07/18/2010

Posted by Films to consider in American, Movies, Thriller.

No Country for Old Men (American) 2007

Among other awards and nominations:
Winner, Best Picture; Best Director; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), Academy Awards
Winner, Best Supporting Actor (Bardem); Best Screenplay, Golden Globes
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival

Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy

“Well, it’s a mess, ain’t it, Sheriff?”
“If it ain’t, it’ll do ’til the mess gets here.”

In the desolate lands of west Texas in the 1980s, a drug deal goes bad. A local man happens upon the huge cash payment. No one’s around, so he takes it, thinking he can get away scot-free. He couldn’t have been more wrong.

I started watching this film with some trepidation, as I’d heard about the level of violence. But from the very first horrible scene, the story itself was intriguing enough to keep me watching. I also thought Josh Brolin (as local Llewelyn Moss), Tommy Lee Jones (as Sheriff Bell) and Javier Bardem (as the psychopath Cigurh) were just right for their roles.

With that said, I’m still glad I didn’t see this on the big screen. Or read the book (too scary for me). Still, I plan to watch it again.

122 min. Rated R. Note: There is a lot of bloody violence.


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