NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007 Cannes Film Festival, Cannes France)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.4|5.0 Stars ìììì

No Country for Old Men—an Ethan and Joel Coen film—does not disappoint in the taut action film category. It’s a tense walk through the mindset of an assassin working for drug dealers. Reminiscent of a wolf playing with a rabbit, the film keeps viewers on the edge of their seats as sickening dread heightens to its final climax. While some scenes are exceptionally graphic, the film is not an unbearable watch as scenes from 12 Years a Slave or Beast of Nations. There are some sexual references. All in all, it definitely proves the Coen Brothers ability to provide a wide range of entertainment that provokes wide ranges of emotion.

Storyline

While hunting, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), a local Texan stumbles across a drug deal gone wrong. He finds a satchel full of money, takes it home, and hides it in his mobile home. Hitman Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) tracks Llewelyn to retrieve the money. Llewelyn begins a death run with the money in his possession. Anton Chigurh intends to leave no traces and no tracks behind and that includes Llewelyn Moss’ wife, Carla Jean Moss (Karla Macdonald).

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors and Producers Joel and Ethan Coen. Thank you to Executive Producers Robert Graf and Mark Roybal for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Carson Wells (Woody Harrelson), Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), Wendell (Garret Dillahunt), Lorreta Bell (Tess Harper), Ellis (Barry Corbin), Carla Jean’s Mother (Beth Grant), Man who hires Wells (Stephen Root), El Paso Sherriff (Rodger Boyce), Poolside Woman (Ana Reeder), Sherriff Bell’s Secretary (Kit Gwin), and Strangled Deputy (Zach Hopkins).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film is graphic and very real. It’s for an adult audience.

Ben Meyers

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