Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Neo-Western Bucket

No Country For Old Men:

Cast: Josh Browlin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones

Director: The Coen Brothers

Synopsis: A hunter named Llewelyn Moss(Josh Brolin) discovers 2 million dollars while strolling through the aftermath of a drug deal. A psychopathic killer Anton Chigurh(Javier) is in search of Moss to get the money.
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ReviewI would regard it as the greatest work of Coen Brothers after Fargo. Set amidst the era of 1980s in Western Texas region of US, this movie gives a class representation of the region as well as the characters.

Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, the movie unfolds in the dusty Texas borderlands as hunter Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) came across the remnants of a desert drug deal gone bad, complete with a case containing two million dollars. Thought of having made a good fortune, Moss escapes with the money setting in motion a chain of events that leaves a trail of bloodbath and massacre across the State as he is pursued by the ruthless, coin tossing hit man Antony Chigurh (Javier Bardem) among whose killing weapons of choice is a pneumatic air gun.
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The character of Moss was greedy and selfish but at the same time showed care towards his daughter and wife. He is attentive and perceptive towards every move of Chigurh. The character of Chigurh is regarded as one of the best villainous roles ever portrayed, which earned the actor an Oscar as well. He has no feelings, a psychopathic maniac hitman, we don’t see him in a happy or sad mood, there is a constant expression of him throughout the movie, which he did phenomenally. He used an air gun throughout the movie to shoot random people in the street, not even leaving a pigeon. Then we come to the Sheriff who tries to find out about the sudden escape of Moss and Chigurh hunting him, ultimately retires from his post .

The film was a continuous source of suspense and entertainment, thanks to the cat and mouse play portrayed by Moss and Chigurh. Some new characters add up to increase the drama but at the end nothing goes as we expected. 

Consider the movie akin to one big coin toss – will it be heads or tales? Call it - you've been calling it your entire life.

-Vatsal Khetan