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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.

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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 heroin stashed in the back of the vehicle. Later, as an enigmatic killer who determines the fate of his victims with the flip of a coin sets out in pursuit of Moss, the disillusioned Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) struggles to contain the rapidly escalating violence that seems to be consuming his once-peaceful Lone Star State town. Woody Harrelson, Javier Bardem, and Kelly MacDonald co-star in a distinctly American crime story that explores timeless biblical themes in a contemporary Southwestern setting. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Tommy Lee Jones
as Ed Tom Bell
Javier Bardem
as Anton Chigurh
Josh Brolin
as Llewelyn Moss
Woody Harrelson
as Carson Wells
Kelly Macdonald
as Carla Jean Moss
Tess Harper
as Loretta Bell
Stephen Root
as Man Who Hires Wells
Rodger Boyce
as El Paso Sheriff
Beth Grant
as Agnes--Carla Jean's Mom
Ana Reeder
as Poolside Woman
Kit Gwin
as Molly--Sheriff Bell's Secretary
Zach Hopkins
as Strangled Deputy
Chip Love
as Man In Ford
Gene Jones
as Gas Station Proprietor
Myk Watford
as 'Managerial' Victims
Boots Southerland
as 'Managerial' Victims
Kathy Lamkin
as Desert Aire Manager
Johnnie Hector
as Cabbie at Bus Station
Margaret Bowman
as Del Rio Motel Clerk
Thomas Kopache
as Boots Salesman
Rutherford Cravens
as Gun Store Clerk
Matthew Posey
as Sporting Goods Clerk
George Adelo
as Mexican In Bathtub
Mathew Greer
as Hitchhiking Driver
Trent Moore
as Nervous Accountant
Marc Miles
as Hotel Eagle Clerk
Philip Bentham
as Border Bridge Youth
Eric Reeves
as Border Bridge Youth
Josh Meyer
as Border Bridge Youth
Chris Warner
as Flatbed Driver
Brandon Smith
as INS Official
H. Roland Uribe
as Well Dressed Mexican
Richard Jackson
as Chicken Farmer
Josh Blaylock
as Boy On Bike
Caleb Landry Jones
as Boy On Bike
Dorsey Ray
as Odessa Cabbie
Angel H. Alvarado Jr.
as Norteño Band
David A. Gomez
as Norteño Band
Milton Hernandez
as Norteño Band
John Mancha
as Norteño Band
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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
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For a film that traffics in implacable malice, this movie remains remarkably grounded in the everyday.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
NPR.org
Top Critic

McCarthy's ferocious tale gives the Coens room to unleash their cinematic gifts, but keeps them from wandering too far afield and losing themselves in the marshes of technical prowess or easy irony.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
The New Republic
Top Critic

The Coens stir up more panic by quietly flicking off a light switch than Michael Bay did with a fleet of Decepticons.

Full Review… | February 3, 2008
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

A masterly tale of the good, the deranged and the doomed that inflects the raw violence of the west with a wry acknowledgement of the demise of codes of honour, this is frighteningly intelligent and imaginative.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Time Out
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With its dizzying alternations of comedy and horror, the film is unmistakably a Coen brothers movie -- albeit a much better one than they've made in a while.

Full Review… | November 20, 2007
Christian Science Monitor
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Audience Reviews for No Country for Old Men

½

A phenomenal Western concerning discovered treasure and the troubles it brings for one individual (Josh Brolin), unbeknowest to him that a maniacal serial killer (Javier Bardem) won't rest until he has what's his. It has a beautiful take on the downward spiral humanity is in and the detachment many country folk feel from the current world advancing so fast in technology and forgetting their roots. Bardem is especially memorable as the villain, who is frightening all the way to the end. In my mind though, not worthy of the "Best Picture" honor it received at the Academy Awards that year (that belongs to "Into the Wild"), but still, a truly great film that has aged wonderfully.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

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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.

xGary Xx
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.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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