in about 100 words or less
US 122m, Colour
Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen; Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
Set in 1980s, No Country for Old Men is a crime thriller adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel of the same name. After accidentally discovering the scene of a drug deal gone wrong while on a hunting trip near the US/Mexico border, a Vietnam War veteran attempts to walk away with over two million dollars in drug money, only to be followed by a sociopathic hired killer and an aging local sheriff. From the finding of a satchel full of cash to the contemplation of murder based on a simple toss of a coin, themes of chance, opportunity and circumstance dominate this film. Underlying the story, as typified by Javier Bardem’s most disturbing hitman character, is old Sheriff Bell’s bewilderment at the ever-increasing level of violence which he is ineffective to combat or even understand (Klaus Ming July 2011).