No Country for Old Men

(2007)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Movies That Made Us Critics: No Country for Old Men

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CHRISTY LEMIRE: 
My next choice is a more recent film, Joel and Ethan Cohen’s NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.  The saga of crime and carnage along the Rio Grande emerges as the Cohen Brothers’ masterpiece, in adapting Cormac McCarthy’s novel about the repercussions of a drug deal gone bad, the writing and directing brothers created an evocative, bleak landscape with help from their usual cinematographer, the great Roger Deakins.  Javier Bardem is chilling in his Oscar-winning supporting turn as an eccentric serial killer.

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CHRISTY:
Josh Brolin plays a welder and Vietnam vet who stumbles upon the drug deal’s bloody aftermath.  He finds a briefcase stuffed with two million dollars in cash and runs off with it, but he has no idea what he has gotten himself into.

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CHRISTY:
Tommy Lee Jones, the “old man” of the title, is the heart of the film as a Texas sheriff who’s tracking both these men and finding that he no longer knows the territory or its inhabitants as well as he used to.

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CHRISTY: 
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN won four Academy Awards in 2008, including “best picture.”  And when it came time to pick the best films of the past decade, NO COUNTRY was at the top of my list.  I love the elegance of its ending and it moves me again and again.