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Best Picture – No country for old men (2007)

Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem & Josh Brolin

Rating 8/10

In our household we LOVE the Coen brothers’ films but sometimes they are just a smidgen too violent for this old softy. This is a pretty full on movie. It’s no Anne of Green Gables, that’s for sure. So hang on to your hats, it’s going to get rough!

It’s 1980 and Ed Tom Bell (Jones) is the Sheriff of West Texas. He is nearing the end of his career and sadly  feels that his old home is turning violent and there’s nothing he can do about it.

In another part of town hunter Llewelyn Moss (Brolin) stumbles across a drug deal gone bad; dead bodies everywhere except for one injured man who begs him for water. Moss takes him back to his trailer along with a bag with $2 million dollars inside. When he comes back with the water Moss is chased away by strange men so he grabs the money and his wife, Carla Jean (Kelly Macdonald) and gets out of town.

Meanwhile murderous hitman Anton Chigurh (Bardem) has been hired to find the money which has a tracking device hidden in the satchel. First he tries to track down Moss in his hideout but the clever fellow has skipped town so Chigurh decides to murder all the mexicans who are waiting to ambush the same fella.

By this time, Moss has hidden himself away in a motel and this is when he finds the device. But it’s too late. Chigurh finds him and they start a good old-fashioned firefight. Both of them are injured when Moss escapes across the border and is taken to a Mexican hospital. He meets Carson Wells (Woody Harrelson) who is also trying to return the money but is a lot nicer about it.

Chigurh is down but not out. He tracks down Wells and kills him in hotel room and takes a call from Moss while avoiding the pool of blood (eeek) that is flowing towards him. He says that he’ll make sure Moss’ wife is protected if he gives back the money but he refuses and instead arranges to meet Carla Jean at a motel.

At the same time, Sheriff Bell has offers to protect her husband if she co-operates and she agrees but (SPOILER ALERT) Moss is dead! Tension rises as Bell hunts down Chirgurh who is hiding in the room.

When Carla Jean comes back from her mum’s funeral she finds Chigurh waiting for her and he threatens to kill her depending on a flip of a coin! Tension, drama…

This has been described as the best Coen brothers film with it’s black comedy, tension and extreme violence. With its Hitchcockian suspense and incredible cinematography this film is a worthy Best Picture winner. The performances are amazing, Tommy Lee Jones is always such a star and Bardem as the murderous hitman is terrifying. It’s an amazing movie just make sure you’ve got the stomach for it as there’s a lot of bloody violence which is not for everyone.

No Country for old men Trivia:

  • Budget – $25 million
  • Chigurh’s weapon, the captive bolt pistol is usually used to kill cows before they’re made into meat! They use this weapon so bullets won’t go flying willy nilly.
  • The editor of this film, Roderick Jaynes doesn’t exist. He is a pseudonym for the Coen brothers who have always edited their films themselves. The Guild doesn’t allow 2 editors to both be credited on the same film for some strange reason.
  • Jaynes was nominated for an Oscar for Fargo and this film but has never won.
  • The murder of the judge (that the Sheriff talks about ) is based on the shooting of real judge John Howland Wood  who was killed by contract killer Charles Harrelson, Woody Harrelson’s father!!
  • Bardem hates violence.
  • Bardem was also the first Spanish actor to win an Oscar.
  • Chigurh kills or tries to kill nearly every person he talks to in the film except for a few random characters.

Eeeek. Ok. Next time we’re watching Slumdog Millionaire starring Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and Mahesh Manjrekar.


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