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No Country For Old Men
by Tony Medley
Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin)
finds a pickup truck in the middle of the desert with dead bodies all
around. Looking around, he also finds a briefcase with $2 million in
hundred dollar bills, which he takes. This sets of a chain of events
that changes the lives of Moss, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (a laconic Tommy Lee
Jones), Llewelyn’s wife, Carla Jean (an impressive Scot, Kelly
MacDonald), and just about everyone else involved.
The heavy in all this is a
psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), who wants the money
and kills without emotion or compunction.
For about 105 minutes, this
is a compelling thriller as the cocky, but aware Llewelyn is trying to
keep away from Anton and Sheriff Bell and protect Carla Jean. But, just
as it seems as if we are at a climax, the story lingers, and lingers,
and lingers, then ends with an unsatisfying whimper, confirming the
existential nihilism apparent in Chigurh’s character.
The film is based on the
novel by Cormac McCarthy, which I did not read, and is apparently meant
to be an ode to modern times, ergo the disappointing ending. Maybe so,
but movies are a medium in themselves, and need to stand on their own.
When this movie ended, I was anything but satisfied. I find it hard to
believe that they tested this film before releasing it because I can’t
imagine any positive audience reaction to the ending.
Brolin gives the
performance of his career as the man who took the money and is running
from his demons. While Bardem is an exceptional talent, he’s not called
on to do anything special here. In fact, in other hands Anton could have
been a horrific figure of doom. But, even though he’s a pretty terrible
guy, the film doesn’t capture nearly as much tension as it could as he’s
tracking down his victims. I could picture a really scary villain, a
monster, one whose presence is signaled by a terrifying musical
signature; like Steven Speilberg did for the shark in Jaws
(1975). But this movie doesn’t present that. No question about it, Anton
is a bad guy, a cold-blooded killer whose presence is to be feared, but
neither Bardem nor the Coens present him as anything other than, well, a
bad guy who kills unemotionally and who is best avoided.
One good line that
epitomizes Anton’s character is when he’s talking with one of his
victims, who says, “You don’t have to do this.” Replies Anton, in a
soft, agreeable voice, with a hint of resignation, “That’s what they all
Even though for me it fell
apart at the end, for an hour and a half, this is as good a chase
thriller as you could want.