No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men

2007 (Joel and Ethan Coen) 14A, 121 minutes

Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem

With eight Oscar nominations and ranking number one on many year-end lists, No Country for Old Men may be the most important film of 2007.  The Coen brothers return to the darker material that was the hallmark of their earlier films (Blood Simple, Miller’s Crossing) with this faithful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel. Set in a new Wild West where the codes that once governed frontier behavior no longer apply, No Country follows naïve opportunist Llewelyn Moss (Brolin), newly rich with stolen drug money and on the run from a relentless and uniquely sinister contract killer, Anton Chigurh (Bardem in a terrifying, Oscar-nominated performance). Jones costars as Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, nearing retirement age and bemused by the escalated evils of contemporary society, and Woody Harrelson is the bounty hunter who goes after Chigurh.  “The Coens squeeze us without mercy in a vise of tension and suspense, but only to force us to look into an abyss of our own making,” says Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers.

Kate Scullin

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