No Country for Old Men (2007) – Review

When a seemingly innocent hunter stumbles across the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong in rural Texas, his natural curiosity sees him take the two-million-dollar loot but things quickly escalate when a psychotic killer known as Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) begins murdering every rival, bystander and even employer in his own pursuit of the cash. A sensational movie from start to finish and arguably one of finest cat and mouse tales of our generation. No Country for Old Men is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones

To my surprise, No Country for Old Men was added to the ever-expanding Netflix library recently, so what better excuse to sit down and re-watch the highly rated 2007 release?

One of the many things I loved about this movie was the way in which the filmmakers manage to capture the story from the perspective of more than one character. We see it from the eyes of the psychotic killer himself, while also from the man that originally looted the cash, along with the ageing sheriff, an honest and down the line lawman, that wasn’t quite sure how to handle the carnage occurring around him.

In terms of the story and plot, both were pretty straight forward in general with very few shocking or unexpected twists, but as a viewer, that was never really a problem. The dialogue was fairly minimal too, considering the one-hundred- and twenty-two-minute runtime, but a lot of emphasis was used when it came to the actions of the characters involved – a fine art in filmmaking.

Elsewhere, the cinematography was outstanding, and the filmmakers managed to portray rural Texas in its full glory. Something else worthy of note was the fact that there was almost no soundtrack throughout the entire flick, with the filmmakers preferring eerie and unnerving silence or natural sounds to portray the tension and atmosphere instead.

Of course, this movie might not be for everyone, especially with the slow and methodical nature of the flick, so if you’re into non-stop action then you may want to give this a miss. If, however, you are more accepting towards a slow burn with some incredibly intense, suspenseful, and violent moments then you should be able to appreciate the mastery behind it.

In regard to the casting, it was as close to perfect as you’re going to get in any given movie. Javier Bardem portrayed Anton Chigurh, the crazed killer chasing the two-million-dollar stolen cash, while Josh Brolin adopted the role of Llewelyn Moss, the man on the run with the stolen money, and Tommy Lee Jones starred as the Ed Tom Bell, the sheriff trying to make sense of the chaos. Elsewhere, there was even a brief appearance from Woody Harrelson, who took up the role of Carson Wells.

Overall, No Country for Old Men is a modern day classic and there’s most definitely two or three iconic scenes thrown in too, which have been and will be remembered for many years to come. A must watch for anyone with Netflix.

“What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss?”

Anton Chigurh – No Country for Old Men

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