No Country For Old Men

“What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss?”

Review by Lewis Goodall

You ever been scared of a bowl cut? Of course you have, it’s a fashion faux pas. Normally worn by creeps which is scary enough, but put that bowl cut on a psychopathic serial killer, and you’ve got yourself a Coen Brothers movie.

No Country For Old Men, written and directed by the incredible Coen Brothers, is the story of one man who stumbles across and drug deal that went reeeeeal bad. Llewellyn (Josh Brolin), is a hunter, tracking down some deer when he looks over the brow of a hill and sees some parked trucks. He goes to investigate when he sees that the trucks are surround by corpses, with one of the trucks filled with mountains of nose snow. Within the carnage, llewellyn finds a case filled with 2 million dollars but what he doesn’t know Is there is someone after that case, starting off a cat and mouse of violence.

This is one of the greatest, and in my opinion, my favourite Coen brothers film (Sorry Big Lewbowski). Normally they go for a silly approach to their films but this and Fargo prove that they are far more than goof balls. No Country For Old Men is the best cat and mouse film out there. The tension is so thick like chewing a piece of beef jerky, its downright gorgeous.

Javier Bardem plays Anton Chigurh, the maniac who is in pursuit of Llewellyn throughout the film. He is an A Class psycho, so heartless that he will kill to achieve his objective, much like a human terminator without the accent. The tension he creates whenever he is in a scene is truly phenomenal, including one scene including a coin toss which I consider to be one of the greatest scenes in cinema history. Every where he goes he creates chaos which makes the film so unpredictable that you’re always on the edge of your seat.

How the Coen Brothers expertly construct a scene is similar to the first meeting of Hannibal Lector and Clarice in Silence of the Lambs where there’s no music, just talking, and that’s enough to not make you blink. It’s the whole scale of the film too, the constant, relentless chase throughout is always there, not knowing when Anton and his silenced shotgun are gonna turn the corner.

Tommy Lee Jones also features in this film as an old sheriff who is investigating the gruesome deal that went down. He too is in pursuit of Llewellyn in order to find out the truth of what happened that day. The three stories, one always just behind the other, creates such a great experience.

Overall this is one of my favourites and it’ll become one of yours when you watch it because you were so moved by this review and that you’ve gone straight onto amazon and purchased it so you can watch it straight away. In fact actually I’ll save you some time. Here you go you’re welcome.

9 Air Heads out of 10