No Country for Old Men (2007)
IMDB: 8.1 Rating: R Runtime: 2 h 2 min
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller.
Plot summary: In the middle of nowhere in Texas, after a bloody drug deal gone horribly, a briefcase carries 2$ million got found by a local citizen (Llewelyn Moss) while hunting. he got pursued by a psychopathic, emotional wood, silent killer (Anton Chigurh). A small tracker-device hidden inside the case helps Chigurh to follow the money. while the case keeps moving, blood leaks around. The New York Times York titled the movie: “He Found a Bundle of Money, and Now There’s Hell to Pay”.
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (The Coen brothers). Writers: (The Coen brothers).
Javier Bardem (Anton Chigurh), Josh Brolin (Llewelyn Moss) Tommy Lee Jones (Ed Tom Bell), Woody Harrelson (Carson Wells), Kelly Macdonald (Carla Jean Moss), Garret Dillahunt (Wendell).
-Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Javier Bardem), Best Achievement in Directing (The Coen brothers), Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (The Coen brothers).
-Golden Globes: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Javier Bardem), Best Screenplay – Motion Picture (The Coen brothers).
Impressions and Reviews:
The movie earned major positive reviews by both critics and viewers. It got deservedly rewarded by 4 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes. Despite the fact, that the Coen Brothers are good friends of the Academy, that should not undermine the credit the movie has got by winning the Oscars.
A lot of credits and cinema lovers consider the movie one of the top 3 movies the Coens ever made or will. On the other hand, there is who didn’t get the movie, not because of its complexity but by the simplicity.
Yes, the movie has a simple not twisted plot. lack of big action moments and background music, quiet conversations, the loudest you can hear is the squeak of an opening door, no heroic speeches or big emotional bursts. It’s just a slice of time. simple enough to bore Romcom and Marvel fans.
So, where is the greatness of this movie?
It’s not a movie that answers questions, but the opposite it reveals enigmatic questions about justice, revenge, the notion of destiny, are events really planned, or the reality is just a big chaotic misfortune accident.
The plot has enough amount of characters, yet there is “Chigurh”, a psychopathic with twisted moral notions and the worst haircut ever. His coin flips for a reason, he gives the others the right to call, deep inside he thinks that he is guilt free in case of a tragic incorrect call. He has a sharp presence, his confidence, and disturbing look could physically mess up with your blood pressure, heart and respiration rates. His first scene is one of the best character introductions in cinema history it is disturbingly astonishing.
Quotes of No Country for Old Men:
–Anton Chigurh: Alright. Let me ask you something. If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?
–Anton Chigurh: Don’t put it in your pocket, sir. Don’t put it in your pocket. It’s your lucky quarter.
Gas Station Proprietor: Where do you want me to put it?
Anton Chigurh: Anywhere not in your pocket. Where it’ll get mixed in with the others and become just a coin. Which it is.
–Anton Chigurh: Call it.
Carla Jean Moss: No. I ain’t gonna call it.
Anton Chigurh: Call it.
Carla Jean Moss: The coin doesn’t have any say. It’s just you.
Anton Chigurh: Well, I got here the same way the coin did.
–Ellis: What you got ain’t nothin’ new. This country’s hard on people. You can’t stop what’s coming. It ain’t all waiting on you. That’s vanity.
–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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