Evelyn GoughIn the Picture
No Country for Old Men
Directed by Joel and Ethan CohenRated MA 15+
Sick and tired of Hollywood blockbuster and feelgood happy endings? Fancy a movie that not only has the critics raving around the world but is also up for Best Picture at this years Academy Awards.
Yep, the Coen brothers are back with a bang with No Country for Old Men, a chiller of a thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat right up until the enigmatic ending.
The West proves to be just as wild and woolly as ever with the hunter (Josh Brolin) becoming the hunted in a deadly game of cat and mouse played out on the dusty plains of West Texas.
The year is 1980 and Vietnam vet Llewelyn Moss (Brolin) has stumbled across a drug deal gone wrong. Not many people could resist a bag full of cash and Llewelyn is no exception. But his decision to take the two million unleashes a deadly force in the form of hitman Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem). This killer is evil personified. As cold as ice he decides who will live and who will die on the toss of a coin. And left to clean up all the bodies is sheriff Ed Tom Bell (an impeccable performance by Tommy Lee Jones).
Im a huge Coen brothers fan, but even I have to admit theyve had a couple of duds in recent years so it is fantastic to see theyre back on track. They just won Best Director at the BAFTAs and theres every chance they will be striding up to the podium at this years Oscars, despite some tough competition. Admittedly No Country for Old Men wont be to everyones taste. Its dark, extremely violent and the ending will leave many, myself included, shaking their heads. But thrillers dont come more thrilling than this. And the cast is a knock out. As well as the three stars already mentioned there is Woody Harrelson as bounty hunter Carson Wells, a retired special forces colonel and Kelly Macdonald, who plays Mosss wife. All are superb.
The Coen brothers direction is faultless. The suspense and tension barely let up and I have no fingernails to prove it. There are no Hollywood clichs here so if thats your idea of a must-see movie then dont miss No Country for Old Men.