Film Evaluation: No Country For Old Men
The film No Country for Old Men, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, stars Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, and Javier Bardem. This film would best be described as an edge of your seat suspense, yet includes moments of dry, yet twisted and sadistic humor. One may not pick up on it if they are not paying close enough attention. This film is good at keeping the audience wondering what’s going to happen next and does not fully give away the plot until further into the movie, unlike most do. No Country for Old Men weighs in at just over two hours, but there will not be a dull moment in sight. The film takes place in 1980 in West Texas and paves the way for anything from drug running to action packed shootouts. The opening scene kicks off with Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) being placed into the back of a squad car on the side of a flat, arid, desert highway. He is taken to the jail where a tad bit of his character is revealed by the deputy speaking on the phone to someone and telling them who he has just apprehended. Bardem makes his escape in a way that ends quite badly for the unsuspecting deputy and sets out with his newly found freedom in a stolen squad car. Bardem, most likely in an attempt to avoid detection, or maybe for some perverse satisfaction, pulls over an unsuspecting motorist. After politely asking the motorist to step out of the car, he dispatches the man with a bulky cattle gun, attached to a tank of compressed air and takes his car. Throughout the film you will also notice Bardem enjoys playing a game of chance with a coin, allowing a person to call heads or tails, and one can bet what happens if they pick the wrong side. Out of all these barbaric acts, he fails to show little emotion and that little bit that is displayed appears to be joyfulness. Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) is the character who gives Bardem his main sense of purpose in this film. Brolin is the typical, country born and raised cowboy someone would...
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