No Country for Old Men (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Bolstered by powerful lead performances from Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Tommy Lee Jones, No Country for Old Men finds the Coen brothers spinning cinematic gold out of Cormac McCarthy's grim, darkly funny novel.


Movie Info

When a Vietnam veteran discovers two million dollars while wandering through the aftermath of a Texas drug deal gone horribly awry, his decision to abscond with the cash sets off a violent chain reaction in a stripped-down crime drama from Joel and Ethan Coen. Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) has just stumbled into the find of a lifetime. Upon discovering a bullet-strewn pickup truck surrounded by the corpses of dead bodyguards, Moss uncovers two million dollars in cash and a substantial load of … More

Rating: R (for strong graphic violence and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 7, 2009
Box Office: $74.2M
Runtime:
Miramax Films - Official Site

Cast


as Ed Tom Bell

as Anton Chigurh

as Llewelyn Moss

as Carson Wells

as Carla Jean Moss

as Loretta Bell

as Man Who Hires Wells

as El Paso Sheriff

as Agnes--Carla Jean's ...

as Poolside Woman

as Molly--Sheriff Bell'...

as Strangled Deputy

as Man In Ford

as Gas Station Propriet...

as 'Managerial' Victims

as 'Managerial' Victims

as Desert Aire Manager

as Cabbie at Bus Statio...

as Del Rio Motel Clerk

as Boots Salesman

as Cabbie at Motel

as Gun Store Clerk

as Sporting Goods Clerk

as Mexican In Bathtub

as Hitchhiking Driver

as Nervous Accountant

as Hotel Eagle Clerk

as Border Bridge Youth

as Border Bridge Youth

as Border Bridge Youth

as Flatbed Driver

as INS Official

as Well Dressed Mexican

as Chicken Farmer

as Boy On Bike

as Boy On Bike

as Odessa Cabbie

as Norteņo Band

as Norteņo Band

as Norteņo Band

as Pickup Driver
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Critic Reviews for No Country for Old Men

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Played by Spanish actor Javier Bardem, Chigurh is the most original bogeyman to bloody up the screen in a while.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
CNN.com
Top Critic

One of the most thoughtful and startling snapshots of the human condition of the last ten years.

Full Review… | May 17, 2015
Cinemaphile.org

The last word on the modern-day western used to be Peckinpah's. No Country for Old Men is Peckinpah gone post-Peckinpah.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
Financial Times

Beautifully photographed (by Roger Deakins) in leathery Texas tans, No Country For Old Men is filled with twists and surprises, hypnotically engaging from its very first scene.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
Canada.com

From brutal start to ironic finish the movie's tension is constant.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
Observer [UK]

I can't help feeling the film is ultimately hollow.

Full Review… | February 22, 2015
Independent on Sunday

Audience Reviews for No Country for Old Men

½

Based and followed almost to a tee of the book the movie has some of the most unexplainable violence ive ever seen.

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John Manard

Super Reviewer

½

A Texan welder stumbles across the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong and helps himself to the $2 million in cash no-one is left alive to claim. Unfortunately he does not count on a single minded psychopathic killer with a tracking device...This film basically distills elements of all their best work and creates a cold and cynical statement on the state of man. Javier Bardem's character is the most chilling and amoral bastard you will ever see; on more than one occasion he reminded me of a terminator with bad hair, except more cold-blooded! The pursuit of the stolen money just leads to bloodshed and tragedy for all involved, many innocents dying for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The underlying theme is the randomness of life; good things DO NOT happen to good people and there is no karmic "masterplan". This means that the ending may leave some feeling a little cheated because things aren't tied up nicely into a complete and satisfying package as so many stories are conventionally presented. But the journey there is as gripping as anything you are going to see; it has the tension, brooding atmosphere and cynicism of Blood Simple, the pragmatic investigation by a dismayed lawman in a similar way to Fargo and the style and brutal violence of Miller's Crossing. The shoot out between Bardem and Brolin is one of the best I've ever seen, reminding me of Michael Mann meets Peckinpah with a dash of Assault On Precinct 13. It is a case of the journey being better than the destination, but any Coen brothers fan will not be disappointed; they are back to their best.

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xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

The most serious and critically lauded film to come out of the Coen brothers' oeuvre, it still has the haunted, vacant appeal of their earlier films. Based on the book by Cormac McCarthy, showing every slow, methodical, meaningful point so easily, and yet creating a distinguished, quiet air of thought. There is very little dialogue to this film, surprising since the Coens are most famous for chatty characters that rely their own quirky sensibilities. This is not to say that the Coens haven't used silence to show fear, dishonor, or even hatred at many points (most notably in "Barton Fink" and "Miller's Crossing") but instead of stifling and uncomfortable silences they're reflective at many junctures. Set in the desert and plains of Texas, there are many panoramic shots of the outlying surroundings of these places that oftentimes show the aloneness of the lead character, Llewelyn Moss, and his disconnect from help while he hides and fights against his predator. Moss is the prey in this cat and mouse chase, and what is so fundamentally interesting about his plight is that he oftentimes outwits the man who is following him. That person is Anton Chigurh, a contract killer who hunts down Moss, trapping him time and again and yet failing often. Though Anton is obviously going to win out against the irresponsible and slow Moss, Moss doesn't give up and ends up holding his own. Anton in turn is one of the most interesting and full bodied villains to be onscreen in some time. Though he operates on the same level as any other killer, the serial killer mentality of having rules and patterns towards his kills presents itself to the viewer in various ways, the most memorable being a coin toss to choose life or death. This is a multi-layered and large scale game of wits, and though not the traditional good versus bad narrative it does present unorthodox views of morality. Though Sheriff Bell does track Anton as well, he cannot chase down someone so malicious and without a sense of right and wrong. This is not an indication that evil has won, because the sheriff simply can't keep up thanks in part to his old age. Even Anton is not a clear villain because though he does kill indiscriminately he sometimes gives the option of redemption, and lets fate dictate many of his actions. He kills when he needs to, and oftentimes doesn't even want to thanks to his own code of cleanliness, reliance, and self-preservation. This film will blow you away with the complexity of the narrative and how interesting and poignant the plights of the characters truly are.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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