A movie review written by Lee Sonogan
2hr2min (2007) Crime, Drama, Thriller
I don’t remember being so scared in a movie theater since “Don’t Look Now” Here the Coen Brothers take everything a step further with exhilarating ease. The terror was genuine and not because we were rooting for Josh Brolin or anybody in particular. The terror was personal, Joel and Ethan Coen made that terror visceral and tangible. It has to do with our own nightmares. Josh Brolin was a perfect piece of casting because in a way he doesn’t have many personal colors. He’s one of the bunch, one of us and we could put ourselves in his shoes. That is the art of film narrative expressed in a way that we’ve never experienced before. I heard people old enough to have seen Hitchcock’s “Psycho” in the theaters and what glued them to the screen was their own fear. – littlemartinarocena (IMDB – 10/10)
One of the best movies that came out this year, No Country For Old Men is a compelling story full of suspense. A neo-western crossing into the post-genre blends a lot of boxes together and they are ticked. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and John Brolin, all their performances here as top-notch in at least their individual top fives. Embracing themes of fate, conscience and circumstance make for a truly memorable movie and I watched it over five years ago.
With only a $25 million dollar, it successfully made $171 million back at the box office. For scenes, Bardem’s portrayal of the Anto Chigurh is now infamous in popular cultures such as memes and movie history. Josh Brolin is able to flex his ability of the main character expressing particular strengths and vulnerability. Then Ed Tom Bell played by Jones has chemistry with all the other roles and a glue developing it all the final payoff.
Overall just the cinematography is terrific showing its own style of the countryside. Action and chase scenes are innovative and like nothing else, you have seen before. The soundtrack is diverse using multiple cultures history. Unpredictable in the twists and turns are thrown at you in the adrenaline-filled epic. I highly recommend it as there is a good chance you could like it higher than the rating I have given it, and if the contrasted opposite like it only slightly less.
Coed Brothers. A dark thriller about a bag of money. An exchange by the drug dealers, all deceased in a gun battle. The man who steals the money. And the guy who’s trained to do anything to find him. And the cop on pursuit. It’s that kinda movie. – michaeltrivedi (IMDB – 9/10)