No Country for Old Men

8.22 h 2 min2007X-RayR
A man takes $2 million cash from the scene of a desert shootout, and is pursued by the local sheriff and a psycho-killer hit man. Winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Bardem), Best Director.
Ethan CoenJoel Coen
Javier BardemJosh BrolinTommy Lee Jones
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Woody HarrelsonKelly MacdonaldGarret DillahuntTess HarperBarry CorbinStephen RootRodger BoyceBeth GrantAna Reeder
Joel CoenEthan CoenScott Rudin
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Karen J. Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Gratuitous violence movie-that's all
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I cannot for the life of me understand why this horrible movie got so many awards. So what if the acting is good because the plot is as thin as it gets and very cliche. It's almost as if the Coen brothers just wanted to show a new method of killing and built this psychopath and a next-to-nothing storyline around that weapon. This is the second time I watched it. At least I started to. I thought, well maybe I will get something out of it this time around. Nope. About thirty minutes in it's a waste of my time. Senseless, gratuitous violence at every turn. Not any suspense either. You always know what's coming. Boring and awful.
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YogaChickBessReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Coen brothers masterpiece
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I can't resist a Coen brothers movie and this one is a masterpiece of technique. It contains little dialogue in the first hour yet builds a powerful narrative. The setting is Texas in the late 1970s when drug running across the border was bigger and bloodier business than it is today. Josh Brolin plays a down and out former Vietnam veteran who stumbles upon a drug deal gone bad and makes off with a lot of money. The bad guys send a mercenary played by Javier Bardem to recover their funds. Tommy Lee Jones plays an aging sheriff unsettled by the new reality of the drug running culture, hence the title.

It was an excellent movie, but be forewarned: it is a dark story with an unsatisfying ending. It was nominated for several Academy Awards. The source material is from a novel by Cormac McCarthy, whose work is dark and dystopian. I've not read this or any of the author's books. If you are a Coen brothers fan, this one is not to be missed.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Exploration into evil and violence
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No Country For Old Men was an amazing exploration into evil and violence by Joel and Ethan Coen. It features Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss who comes across a stash of money left over from a gun fight amongst drug cartels in Texas. The cartel sends Javier Bardem in one of his greatest roles as the hitman Anton Chigurh to collect their money. Tommy Lee Jones is Sheriff Ed Tom Bell is put in charge of the investigation into the murders and Chigurh. Special mention has to be made for Woody Harrelson as Carson Wells, another hitman who is told track down Chigurh when the cartel losses faith in him. Chigurh is the face of evil in the movie. He kills with absolutely no compulsion or emotion. He acts like a robot, almost like a living version of the Terminator. He follows Llewelyn like the plague leaving a trail of bodies behind him, which Sheriff Bell finds afterward.

Chigurh is really the center of the movie. The notion of his character is set at the start as he first kills a deputy by choking him out with his handcuffs, and then murders a man using a device meant to kill livestock that punches a whole in a person’s skull. More importantly his maniacal personality is laid out when he stops at a gas station. He flips a coin and asks the man working there to guess whether it’s heads or toes. If he picked wrong Chigurh was going to kill him. For him, life means so little and killing is so normal that he would take the life of this man simply because he didn’t like the man making small talk with him. Into Chigurh’s sites comes Llewelyn. He was simply deer hunting when he came across the remains of a shootout between drug cartels and found some money. He had no idea what he was getting into.

The third main character in the story is Sheriff Bell. He is horrified by the death that Chigurh leaves in his wake. At one point he unknowingly makes a comparison between slaughtering animals for food and the way that Chigurh kills people, there was no difference. He asks what kind of man would do such a thing, and what does it mean for society that it happened. He feels like this is a new era which is much more brutal then before, and he questions whether he is ready for it. He is the old man from the title.

No Country For Old Men really is an amazing tale and one of the Coen Brothers’ best releases.
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Stephen C.Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the greatest movies made.
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I saw it before I read the book. The movies follows the book to the "t". The book is so detailed it is like a screenplay. But the movie has actors that expand the characters into fully dimensional people--one a paradigm of evil. The story, to my mind, is a study--and a dark, deep, and violent one--of the presence of evil; intentional, calculating, relentless evil. Evil seems to win here. Even the Sheriff senses it in a scene near the end, and does not confront it, knowing it is stronger and more powerful than any righteous goodness he may possess. He talks about his choice to avoid such evil in one of the initial monologues. Javier Bardem is incredible in his role as Chiguhr (pronounced "Sugar"), who expresses the absolutely cold logic of evil and kills without any emotion whatsoever. An utterly chilling presentation of evil. I loved the homespun wisdom of the characters and the glib conversation such, "How ya doin?" and the response, "Yer lookin' at it." This movie could be a Shakespearian tragedy. It reveals the ultimate outcome: evil is not punished and the good know well enough to stay away from the Devil.
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TamaraReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Total Disappointment
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Acting: Hardly anything to jump up and down about. Killing: A lot, including some that didn't make any sense. Blood: A lot. But the worst part was the end -- totally, 100% unsatisfying because it didn't really end. When the credits started rolling, I actually ran the movie back a few minutes to see if I got distracted and missed something. Everything the movie might have been leading up to fell flat... just a movie in which a bunch of people get killed, no hero, no justice, no character to particularly attach to, barely a plot. I was looking forward to spending some rare spare time watching a good movie and when it reached the end, I felt I had wasted my time and a few dollars renting it. I only give this bland movie three stars because so many other people like it for some reason, so maybe I missed something.
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MargaretNCReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Can't look away from Javier Bardem's character, but meaning of the film is obscure
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This movie was fascinating but unsatisfying because the viewer can't justifiably root for any character. Llewelyn Moss (played by Josh Brolin) garners some sympathy for his suffering while evading a ruthless killer, but his fate is predictable after he steals $2 million in drug money. Tommy Lee Jones as Sheriff Bell “fights the good fight” as he pursues hit man Anton Chigurh (played by Javier Bardem), but Bell seems bland and passionless while the crime network grows increasingly out of control. Javier Bardem is incredible as Anton; you can’t look away from his pale unlined face, strangely perfect haircut and obsession with cleanliness as he commits murders and gets shot. Bardem deserved the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (why not Best Leading Actor?), but I wish some rationale was offered for the character’s sadistic behavior.

Maybe the whole point was to not have a plot based on the usual good vs. evil theme. The plot is as stark as the Texas desert landscape in panoramic view at the beginning of the movie. If you can stop looking for meaning in the unresolved and immoral corruption, you’ll appreciate the film, but might have that “what just happened?” feeling at the end.
18 people found this helpful
DvdSchlegReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Need to watch it more than once
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This is a movie that I watch again and again. It’s the type of movie where you see new things every time you watch. It’s also very disturbing, so I don’t watch it often. The actors give quality performances. The story is timeless. The direction is practically flawless. It’s a great movie to watch when you don’t know what you want to watch.
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HuskyDReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Don't understand why the hype
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Great acting and good atmosphere. But underneath all that, it's just a mediocre film. It's not downright terrible, but it pretty much feels like excuse for violence, a "badass" antagonist and a pretentious script that really doesn't tell anything. No story structure whatsoever, no protagonists, no plot progression, no character development, no nothing.

Can't say I enjoyed it aside from a few interesting lines, maybe one decent suspense scene.

If you're looking for an edge-of-your-seat film and have heard about this movie being good, don't watch it. You will be disappointed. It's not worth it, unless it's free. If you're a self-proclaimed "intellectual" that wants to fool himself into thinking this is the greatest film ever, then go ahead and indulge yourself I guess.
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