Plot – Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and over two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande – No Country for Old Men.
Released – 2007
No Country For Old Men at its heart is a three-way cat-and-mouse story that meets the western genre, in which Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) is chasing Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) who in turn is after Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), but I can honestly say this film broke the mould for both genres and it’s unlike anything I’ve seen before or since and for that reason I have to give the Coen brothers credit for making a film feel so unique yet accessible to the general film viewer.
The reason I found No Country For Old Men such an enjoyable and gripping movie was partly down to the wonderful writing that gave the film more layers than you used too in other chase films. Not only this but the writing meant that all three of the main characters felt fleshed out and interesting, with each provoking an emotional response from the viewer, especially that of Chigurh, who’s relentless and violent nature makes him one of the best and most memorable antagonists I’ve witnessed since the height of the ’80s slasher craze.
Now, despite the fact the movie explores some deep themes, there’s no dramatic music, no flashbacks, no complicated filmmaking tactics and contains more than a couple of heart-pounding action sequences, the film does well to echo the fear felt by all three of the men through the use of stunning cinematography, which one minute feels suffocatingly claustrophobic and the next as sparse and barren as the landscape where No Country takes place.
All told, No Country for Old Men is an enjoyable movie for a number of reasons, namely the cinematography, writing and direction by the Coens, however, for me, what makes this film so good it won the Best Picture at the Oscars is the excellent acting from three Hollywood veterans.