No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men

Ethan Coen (2007)

117min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
There's a lot of money being chased in this masterful, multi-faceted thriller from the Coen brothers, but it's not really what's at stake. Set in Texas in 1980, it begins with Vietnam War veteran Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbling across a desert drug deal gone wrong and escaping with a suitcase containing $2 million. A game of cat and mouse ensues, as Moss is pursued by a ruthless assassin armed with a cattle stun gun (Javier Bardem), various Mexican drug dealers and an ageing police sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones), whose despairing take on the state of America provides the movie's moral heart. Adapting Cormac McCarthy's terse noir novel for the screen, the Coens deliver a complex, utterly riveting thriller that's also a philosophical meditation on the inexorable nature of fate. They also succeed in marrying the writer's apocalyptic sense of social breakdown with their own blackly comic sensibility. The result is a terrific crime movie that bears comparison with their other career high points, Blood Simple and Fargo.

Summary

A Texan hunter who took a stash of money abandoned at the site of a botched drug deal is pursued across the state by an implacable hitman with no qualms about killing anyone who gets in his way. Meanwhile, a world-weary sheriff struggles to make sense of the escalating chain of violence. The Coen brothers' Oscar-winning crime thriller, starring Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald and Woody Harrelson.

Cast & Crew

Ed Tom Bell Tommy Lee Jones
Anton Chigurh Javier Bardem
Llewelyn Moss Josh Brolin
Carson Wells Woody Harrelson
Carla Jean Moss Kelly Macdonald
Wendell Garret Dillahunt
Loretta Bell Tess Harper
Ellis Barry Corbin
Director Ethan Coen
Director Joel Coen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Jan 2008
Drama