NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

The Coen Brothers’ suspenseful, absorbing Western-tinged noir follows Cormac McCarthy’s blood-drenched 2005 novel to the letter, and it results in one of the most wickedly entertaining and bone-chilling crime films to come out of America in the last 50 years or more. Javier Bardem is Chigurh, the disturbing and disturbed, cold, calculating murderer who dispatches some business associates quite violently when a drug deal goes awry. Happening upon the scene, sans Chigurh, is rancher Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin in one of four great films this year!), who finds a stash of heroin and $2 million in cash. Of course, Moss takes the money and Chigurh is then hot on his tail. Tommy Lee Jones, appearing in another wonderful law-enforcement role this year, plays Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, the small Texas-Mexico border town’s local lawman who finds the scene and then pursues Chigurh in an effort to save Moss. But as a character says late in the film, “You can’t stop what’s coming.” Twisted and heart-stopping, gruesomely violent and wickedly funny by turns, this is as brilliant a film as the Coens (“Fargo,” “Blood Simple”) have ever made – in any milieu! Nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture!

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