• Publication date: April 13, 2011

The Opportunity of a Lifetime May Lead to Death No Country for Old Men: The Wild West Reinvented

What would you do if you stumbled upon the carnage of a drug war, complete with dead bodies, burning cars, and � most importantly, $2 million in cash? Would you call the police, run away, or take the money and run? Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin) chose the later, despite ignoring the wishes of one dying victim for water. His wife, Carla Jean (Kelly Macdonald) questions the wisdom behind Llewellyn�s decision, though the thought of leaving their dilapidated trailer home was quite welcoming.

What would you do if you stumbled upon the carnage of a drug war, complete with dead bodies, burning cars, and � most importantly, $2 million in cash? Would you call the police, run away, or take the money and run? Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin) chose the later, despite ignoring the wishes of one dying victim for water. His wife, Carla Jean (Kelly Macdonald) questions the wisdom behind Llewellyn�s decision, though the thought of leaving their dilapidated trailer home was quite welcoming.

He made a grave mistake however: Moss returned to the site the next day. Unbeknownst to him the money�s owners were watching over the area, and immediately ambushed Llewellyn. After a fierce battle he was able to escape, but a deadly game of cat and mouse had already been initiated. The gang�s main henchman is Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a mad man who kills men and women literally by the flip of a coin. Rather than use a gun or strangle his victims like a typical killer, Chigurh prefers to use an electrical cattle prod. Occasionally he utilizes more orthodox means � such as guns.

Llewellyn inadvertently entangles his beloved wife in this web of violence. After temporarily escaping Chigurh and his men the thugs remain steadfast on his trail, and subsequently his wife�s. This is accomplished via a tracking device secretly planted in the bag of cash. Yet another man is following Moss and Anton however: an old-fashioned Texan sheriff by the name of Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), who is not only interested in capturing the later, but quite possibly rescuing the former. Tom Bell, nearing his retirement, battles the complexities of an ever-changing Wild West, whose days of cowboy chivalry and shootouts have transformed into bloody drug massacres.

In the award circuit No Country for Old Men cleaned house, earning 4 Oscars, 2 Golden Globes, and an MTV Movie award nomination, amongst many others. Similarly it was a commercial success, raking in a total of $171 million at the close of its theatrical run.

Year: 2007

Duration: 122 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Starring:

Tommy Lee Jones

Javier Bardem

Josh Brolin

Kelly Macdonald

Woody Harrelson

Director: Joel and Ethan Coen

Rating: Rated R for strong graphic violence and some explicit language.