In 2007, Miramax Films released the film “No Country for Old Men”, directed by Ethan Cohen and Joel Cohen. The movie is adapted from a bestselling novel by Corman McCarthy, who is known for his dispiriting tales that touch on the sad realities of life. The setting for the story is West Texas in the 1980s. Even though the events are three decades in the past, it is fairly easy to draw parallels to the regions’ newspaper headlines in recent years. The rampant violence in the region seems to continue escalating without impediment and consequently affects just about everyone along the Texas/Mexico border. The production, “No Country for Old Men” effectively captures this theme.
Heartless, cold-blooded murder easily fits the definition of evil, and evil is a very real consequence of drug trafficking. Because of logistics, drug war battles are often staged on the U.S./Mexico border.
The character Llewelyn Moss enters the story as a man minding his own business and represents a typical West Texas resident. He is not out looking for trouble; he is simply out hunting and stumbles onto the ‘Drug World’ which is represented by dead bodies littered around several pick-up trucks. Undoubtedly, a drug deal that escalated into a shootout has occurred and is yet to be discovered. The author is clearly trying to convey the terror that exists within this world of drug trafficking. Moss can’t help but investigate. Foreshadowing runs thick in this sequence.
Moss is otherwise a person not involved in drugs but in one of the trucks he finds a cache of heroine. He is tempted to discover if there is a chance to find money and finally get that long awaited break. He continues to search for opportunity and finds a wounded man inside a truck. The man asks for water but Moss is more interested in where the money of deal gone bad may be at. Without regard for consequence, he follows clues and discovers a bag containing 2 million... [continues]
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