No Country for Old Men
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (15)
D: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Paramount Vantage/Miramax (Scott Rudin, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
W: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen [based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy]
DP: Roger Deakins
Ed: Roderick Jaynes
Mus: Carter Burwell
PD: Jess Gonchor
Josh Brolin (Llewelyn Moss), Tommy Lee Jones (Sheriff Ed Tom Bell), Javier Bardem (Anton Chigurh), Woody Harrelson (Carson Wells), Kelly MacDonald (Carla Jean Moss)
Set in early 1980's Texas, a redneck discovers the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong while on a hunt. Instead of reporting the occurrence to the police, he takes a case containing $2 million for himself and makes himself a target for a psychopathic assassin who has no problem gunning down anyone who stands in his way in order to reclaim the bounty, all while a veteran local sheriff investigates the trail of crime left in the wake.
This nail-biting thriller is helped with excellent acting from its ensemble cast, especially in the chilling performance from Javier Bardem (a thoroughly deserved winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar) and though the director duo do a marvellous job in building the tension throughout the running time, they go completely against the grain in the film's final act, a trick which will more than likely divide audiences, particularly the ambiguous final moments, which will either be deemed intelligent, pretentious, or merely lazy writing (one of the depending factors is whether or not you've read Cormac McCarthy's source novel, which also ends the same way).
Though the film saw the Coen Brothers claim Oscar victory (for Film, Director & Screenplay), it is just a little short of their best work, but wouldn't be an unwelcoming introduction for those not familiar with their movies.