No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men

DVD - 2008
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Based on the 2003 novel by Cormac McCarthy, the movie unfolds in the dusty Texas borderlands as hunter and Vietnam vet Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon the remnants of a desert drug deal gone bad, complete with a case containing two million dollars. Succumbing to temptation, Moss makes off with the money, setting in motion a chain of events that leaves a trail of blood-spattered carnage across the State as he is pursued by the ruthless hit man Anton Chigurh. Chigurh's weapon of choice is a cattle gun, and he uses it on everyone who gets in his way. Just as Sheriff Bell, a World War II vet, is on Moss's trail, Chigurh's former colleague, Wells, is on his.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Miramax Films : Paramount Vantage, 2008.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780788882982
0788882988
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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the evil character played by Javier Bardem reminded me of the inevitability of a strong force of nature, such as a twister. Like the Canadian Mounted Police, he 'always gets his man.' This is a break from the typical characterizations---where the superhero is an undefeated phenomenon, so that there is no suspense (the good guy always wins, in the end). As Lennon was quoted on the cover of the album, PUSSYCATS, that he produced for Nilsson, 'Everything's its opposite, isn't it.' So we have here the opposite of the usual formula, which is thrilling in its own way. If I had a spine, shivers would have run up and down it everytime the villain with the cattle gun came on screen. Now, to go from such a satisfying film, to saying to yourself and others, ' Now I need to read everything Cormac McCarthy has written,' does not follow, tit for tat. Elmore Leonard's novels were made into a few satisfying films, but I doubt he gained many readers from it. Back to the film: since Tommy Lee Jones has such a appealing screen persona, I found myself rooting for him to overcome the personification of evil that is the cattle-gun man, but that was only a figment of habit: I was really much pleased with learning that none of the good people were going to survive. That's called catharsis, an old Greek term best understood by looking it up under Aristotle. Definitely a superior film, as comes along only every five years or so.

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Lucik32
Oct 27, 2018

"Compare yourself against the old timers and you have to decide: "Okay I will be part of this world"".
This movie was recommended to me by our psychology professor. There are according to statistics about 40 thousand psychopaths running among us in Seattle undetected. Shocking, but true. (Anton was an example of extreme psychopathy).
I was not surprised by the ending. It was very well done. With a different ending the movie/plot would lose its point and effect as well.
The movie was brilliantly shot, the acting was great especially of the main leading role. It's a cult-classic. Now, I need to read the book!

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Reading_Right
Jul 13, 2018

OK. So it's unbelievably phony and incredibly s-t-u-p-i-d. But it's horrifically dark, a downer, and demented to boot, throughout. Thanks Follywood; still as sick as ever.
There are PLENTY of examples of things that would never happen, could never happen, or anybody would EVER do, even if it were possible. Then there's the clairvoyancey of the characters, the indestructibleness, and finally just the downright giving of copies of the script to the lead characters, especially the "bad guy", whom supposedly makes Superman look like an anemic wimp. Yeah. Right...
After watching this, I feel like I need a shower and to do penance to cleanse my soul, while being blessed by a Pastor to clear my mind. I'm just surprised that Tommy Lee is in this picture. (Harrelson not so much.) He's smarter than to be in garbage like this. I know from speaking with him personally.

CarlitoQuinones Mar 22, 2018

One of, if not THE best adaptation of a novel I've seen so far.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jan 31, 2018

GOOD 2007 film - a bit dark, but another interesting Coen Bros. release. with excellent production, acting, etc.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 19, 2017

In this crime drama, a hunter finds a bag of money in the woods and keeps it for himself, but soon he's hunted by drug dealing gangsters. The critically acclaimed movie comments on the human condition, and how the world is changing quickly, and no place for the elderly, because their world is now gone.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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isaachar
Feb 06, 2017

I can shamefully admit that while I've seen this movie, I've never read the book it is based on. That said, I could not bring myself to like it. It's wonderfully shot, the actors all did an amazing job, but plot and ending were too much. I say "ending" meaning the end of the film, the story didn't have a real "ending". Just things happening and more characters killed. I don't mind bittersweet endings, and I've never been one to scoff at overt violence in movies, but this movie had no resolving of its primary plots. If the story was framed as primarily focusing on Chigurh, the ending would be more palatable. As it is, it felt like a non-ending.

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klimekk
Oct 24, 2016

very sad movie

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vfryzek
Oct 12, 2016

I'm going to be in the minority here but I found this film very unsatisfying.
Sure the Film looks technically perfect and the killer is scarey as hell but a few flaws in the story just bothered me too much.
First a Serial Killer kills a Police officer and there is no manhunt and the population seems to be totally oblivious to this.
Kills a few good locals and drug dealers and the population is still oblivious.
Woody Harrelson is this expert bounty hunter who is a moron. Lets the killer take him with out a fight. Why would the drug cartel even trust this serial killer.
And like all the other reviews. Very unsatisfying ending.

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JihadiConservative
Oct 05, 2016

Coen Bros tell yet another dark, philosophical tale that is quite thought provoking. Even though the ending is not satisfying, I thought it was a good ending and fitting for this film.

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re_discover
Sep 05, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bigdog423
Mar 12, 2011

Violence: Most of the violence stems from a sociopath, utterly without emotion or concern. Likely to give young teens nightmares.

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bigdog423
Mar 12, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bigshoe Mar 15, 2012

Call it.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Carson Wells: Do you have any idea how crazy you are?
Anton Chigurh: You mean the nature of this conversation?
Carson Wells: I mean the nature of *you*.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Wendell: Aw, hells bells. They even shot the dog!

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Man who hires Wells: Did I say you could sit?
Carson Wells: No, but you strike me as a man who wouldn't want to waste his chair.

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Llewelyn Moss: If I don't come back, tell mother I love her.
Carla Jean Moss: Your mother's dead, Llewelyn.
Llewelyn Moss: Well then I'll tell her myself.

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Apr 16, 2011

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Mar 12, 2011

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Nov 02, 2009

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bdls206
Apr 16, 2011

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande.

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