No Country for Old Men, a bleak, disturbing and brooding thriller, nearly managed to outclass Fargo, the Coens’ greatest movie – it is that good! When Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), a Vietnam War veteran and a man straight out of wild west, stumbles upon 2 million dollars of dirty drug money, he unwittingly sets off a chain reaction whose repercussions sets him on an insane collision course with Anton Chigurh (James Bardem), a laconic psychopath – a relentless force of insurmountable evil who deposes his victims with a hydraulic cattle gun with cold, chilling efficiency. Meanwhile, Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), an old-timer, laments at the uncontrollable escalation of violence engulfing human society. Spectacular photography, aided by near deathly silence and a terrific screenplay, managed to make this dark, gripping thriller a disquieting meditation on the inescapable nature of fate, and a good versus evil tale of biblical proportions. The acting of the superbly chosen cast is spectacular throughout – a quintessential aspect of Coens’ movies; Bardem is especially awesome as one of the scariest screen villains I've ever seen. Multiple viewing, by the way, is absolutely essential to appreciate the devastating power of this cinematic masterpiece.
Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen Genre: Thriller/Crime Drama/Americana Language: English Country: US