No Country For Old Men

DVD Reviews | Mar 20th, 2008

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Starring Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Rodger Boyce, Josh Brolin, Barry Corbin, Beth Grant
Written By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Directed By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Studio: Miramax
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No Country For Old Men is out now on DVD, and you might have heard of it since it just won a few Oscars (including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor Javier Bardem). I haven’t seen too many Coen Brothers movies but the ones I have seen I have really liked. While No Country For Old Men may be an excellent movie, I’m not sure I can see myself watching this one too many times.

The film is about Vietnam Vet Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin) who could use some money, and he happens to stumble upon it while hunting. He sees a bunch of abandoned trucks and dead bodies surrounding them. He decides to take a closer look and ends up finding a briefcase filled with 2 million dollars. He takes it and goes on the run. But he has someone on his trail, a creepy but calm ex-special ops named Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem). He wants the money and he’ll kill anyone who stands in his way. He kills random people left & right with a cattle gun, and sometimes decides people’s fate by a coin toss. Can we say scary?! Moss and Chigurh play a game of cat & mouse and both men are trying to get the money and get away unharmed.

I thought No Country For Old Men was a great movie but moved at a snail pace. That isn’t to say the movie wasn’t interesting or it wasn’t intense, it was! It just could have moved a little bit quicker. What I like about this movie is how it’s not your typical Hollywood movie, where the good guy always wins. The film’s characters are quite intriguing, especially Javier Bardem’s character. The guy is so ruthless and villainous, and as a viewer you are afraid of anyone that crosses his path. In a way, his character is sort of similar to something out of a horror movie because he’s so evil. I loved that he used a cattle gun; it just seems like a brutal way to kill someone. I liked Josh Brolin’s character a lot and wish the outcome was a little different. He seemed to be one step ahead of Chigurh and Tommy Lee Jones’ character as well. While I was rooting for him, I knew he probably wouldn’t get out of his movie unscathed because he was messing with drug deals and stuff like that. Once you get into that stuff and mess with it, you’re pretty much fucked. On another note, I thought Tommy Lee Jones and Woody Harrelson were underused. I wish we saw more of them in the film. Jones was more at the end of the movie but it would have been nice to see more.

There aren’t that many extras, but there are 3 featurettes for fans to watch. They do go into enough detail about the movie and the Coen Brothers to satisfy most fans. If you like The Coen Brothers’ darker movies like Fargo and Miller’s Crossing; then you’ll REALLY like No Country For Old Men!

– Working With The Coens
– The Making Of No Country For Old Men
– Diary Of A Country Sheriff

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC

Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)

Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: I like all the scenes between Brolin and Bardem
Rating: R
Running Time: 122 minutes
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