• James Rutherford

'No Country For Old Men': A Visceral and Deeply Humanistic Neo-Western from the Coen Brothers


Movie poster for the film No Country For Old Men starring Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem

No Country For Old Men (2007) is a bold and gritty neo-western set in 1980 and starring Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss, a West Texas man who stumbles upon the aftermath of a drug deal-gone-wrong in the desert—ultimately absconding from the scene with a briefcase containing two million dollars.


Unaware that the briefcase also holds a tracking device, Moss stashes his treasure in a motel room just as a vicious killer named Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) hones in on the whereabouts of the stolen cache of funds. The film’s intricate plot finds Moss on the run from Chigurh, in a tense game of cat-and-mouse, as Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) tracks their ensuing transgressions.


Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, The Big Lebowski), No Country For Old Men is a razor-sharp thriller given an enormous boost by Bardem’s highly memorable portrayal of the chilling Chigurh. Academy Award winner for Best Picture in 2007, it’s a genuine modern classic and one of the very best thrillers of the 21st Century.

 

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