Sunday, April 20, 2008

No Country for Old Men (2007) R - 4½ Stars

While this is a very creepy movie, I am not sure I agree with the academy that is was best picture of the year. Maybe the shock of the year award due to the major scary freak star. One of my favorite scenes is when Anton visits the old man in the gas station and with a flip of the coin, decides his fate.

Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) has been the sheriff in this Lone Star State for most of his life following in his fathers footsteps. But in all his dealings as sheriff, he is about to embark upon one that will have him asking himself if he's really cut out for this job. Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) enters the town and a series of unexplained meaningless murders start to happen.

Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) an ex Vietnam vet, stumbles upon a drug deal gone terribly wrong out in the middle of the desert. Dead bodies are all around, a truck load of drugs and upon further inspection he discovers two million dollars in a black bag. Which of course he takes and returns home to his trailer and girlfriend Carla Jean Moss (Kelly MacDonald). He should have left well enough alone because when he goes back to bring water to one of the dying men, he's discovered by the drug lords who are now in hot pursuit of him. When he does make it back home, he fears these men will track him there looking for the money so he flees town. He sends his girlfriend out of town to stay with her mother and hits the highway.

Llewelyn is being followed as he leaves town to escape with the loot. Little does he know a tracking device is inside with the money thus finding it hard to stay one step ahead of bad guys. Anton is the one bad guy he does not want to tackle with as Anton has already left his mark on the town by showing disregard for life.

The two men have a show-down and both are injured causing Llewelyn to be hospitalized. He awakes to find scam artist Carson Wells (Woody Harrelson) offering to take the money off his hands and divert attention to himself. He wants to know where Llewelyn has stashed the money and when Carson and Anton meet, it doesn't have a happy ending. When Llewelyn gets out of the hospital, he retrieves the money and is on the run again and Anton is right on his tail. One final show-down to decide who collects the dough.

Awards are numerous and include:

2007 - No Country for Old Men - Academy - Best Picture.
2007 - No Country for Old Men - Austin Film Critics - Best Adapted Screenplay
2007 - No Country for Old Men - Golden Globe - Best Screenplay
2007 - No Country for Old Men - Writers Guild of America - Best Adapted Screenplay

Paramount Vantage
Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Producers: Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
I viewed 1/08

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