No Country for Old Men
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Adapted from the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name, No Country for Old Men was brought to the screen masterfully by the Coen brothers and is one of the grittiest and well made films of the last quarter century. Set in the dusty mountains and terrain of West Texas, Llewelyn Moss (another fine showing by Josh Brolin- who has become extraordinary in his latest works) goes hunting near the Rio Grande and stumbles upon a drug deal gone bad including corpses galore and more importantly a satchel full of money. Academy-Award winner Javier Bardem plays the sociopath Anton Chigurh; the hired assassin sent to retrieve the money and begins an all out violent filled chase of Moss. Sherriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones cast perfectly) is the bewildered yet wise law that is a step behind Chigurh and Moss. Woody Harrelson, Rodger Boyce, Kelly Macdonald and Beth Grant offer nice support in the film and as mentioned both Brolin and Jones do exceptional jobs as well but it is the work of Bardem that makes the film. The ruthless, heartless and psychotic evil that is Chigurh is a character that just surpassed DeNiro's Max Cady (1991's Cape Fear) as the baddest of all bad guys. Remarkable job by Bardem and another excellent offering by the Coen brothers....