No Country For Old Men
15A122 min

Director: Ethan CoenJoel Coen Starring:Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones Released:Sun 07 Apr 2024


The stash of cash is a favourite plot device of the Coen brothers, but the idea has seldom been unpacked with the brutal elan they bring to bear on this, one of their most critically and commercially successful projects. Closely based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, the story follows a Texan man (Josh Brolin) whose opportunism puts him in the sights of an implacable mob enforcer (Javier Bardem) distinguished by detached sadism and bizarre and profoundly disturbing self-righteousness. Meanwhile, a local sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) tries against his better judgement to see right done. Dry as dust, slippery in genre terms and scathing about the lure of money, it’s a compelling yarn and a brilliant character piece that winds slowly towards a climax that is both devastating and elegiac.

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