Friday, 18 January 2013

"No Country For Old Men" by Coen Brothers

“I always liked to hear about the old-timers”

Western landscapes. An ex-sheriff talks about former times. Anton Chigurh is arrested. He is taken to the station, and there he kills the sheriff and runs away taking an oxygen tank and the sheriff’s car with him. Anton stops a man pretending he is a sheriff and he kills its driver. In a different place, Llewelyn Moss is hunting. Suddenly, he finds several dead people, drugs and loads of money in a box. He takes that amount of money and he runs away.

So begins the American movie “No country for old men” that was directed in 2007 by Joel and Ethan Coen. Its plot is based on the homonym novel written by Cormac McCarthy. Coen brothers said “The book was about a good guy, a bad guy and a guy in between.”

This long featured movie tells the story of Llewelyn Moss (the guy in between), a man who finds a great treasure consisting in a huge quantity of money and tries to run away with it. But it will not be an easy task. He will have Anton Chiurh (the bad guy) trying to get that money, and he will not cease until he gets his aim. According to the dialogues of the movie itself, Chiurh “is a peculiar man. Might even say he has principles”. “I guess I’d say he doesn't have a sense of humor”. The good guy is Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, who is trying to cease the violence in the region, although he is planning to be retired.
All this takes place in West Texas, near the line with Mexico.

Regarding the subject of the movie, violence could be detached specially.

“No country for old men” is actually a very interesting creation in many ways. The production is quite remarkable, including the actor’s direction. No need to say that Javier Bardem’s performance (Anton Chiurh) is outstanding. That is actually the reason why he won an Accademy Award as best supporting actor. His character is a no-mercy and no-compassion psychopath killer who is always stolid. Nothing seems to affect him, and he is ready to do anything to get his purpose. Both Josh Brolin, who plays the part of Lllewelyn Moss and Tommy Lee Jones as Ed Tom Bell also make a great work.

The photography direction is also quite good. The main colors used in this movie are yellow, blue and red. The last one is mainly for the blood.

This movie won many awards, including four Oscars, three BAFTAS and two Golden Globes.

To conclude, I recommend you this movie because of its dark story and its cast, which was perfectly chosen and all performances are worth seeing.

“You can’t stop what’s coming” No Country For Old Men


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