No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthyIn his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, the setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones.
One day, Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law–in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell–can contain.
As Moss tries to evade his pursuers–in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives–McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.
No Country for Old Men is a triumph.
‘No Country for Old Men’: The Coen Brothers and Cormac McCarthy’s Ruthless Examination of Life
More critics included No Country for Old Men on their top ten lists than any other film,  and many regard it as the Coen brothers' best film. In Texas, , hitman Anton Chigurh strangles a deputy sheriff with the handcuffs he is in to escape custody and uses a captive bolt pistol to kill a driver and steal his car. He spares the life of a gas station owner who guesses the result of a coin Chigurh flipped, revealing Chigurh's adherence to his own personal "principles". Poaching pronghorns in the desert, Llewelyn Moss comes across the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad. He finds several dead men and dogs, a wounded Mexican man begging for water, and two million dollars in a briefcase.
One of the most distinguished American authors of the last hundred years, Cormac McCarthy sensed the times had changed. Perhaps not so much, or not at all, in the general sense: people have always had the tendency to look back at the past through a rather pink lens. Like so many old people, she felt ignored and discarded, her knowledge and wisdom disregarded. Their weapons might not have been so peculiar, their haircuts might not have been as silly, but the ruthlessness, brutality and disregard for human life is hardly a 20th-century invention. Why not start with the best? A co-production between Paramount and Miramax, the film was shot in in Texas and New Mexico, premiering in Cannes in and entering regular cinemas in November. Nominated for eight Academy Awards and winning half best director, picture, supporting actor and adapted screenplay , No Country for Old Men was both a critical and commercial success, and rightfully earned its place on a huge majority of top ten lists of
I 'm framing up the Coen brothers as if they're appearing in one of their own movies. From where I'm seated, I can see Joel, the longer, skinnier, more languid of the pair, stretched out almost full-length in the foreground, his legs on a coffee table and his torso resting almost horizontal on a couch. He fills the lower half of my frame, looking vaguely reminiscent of Henry Fonda balancing on his chair outside the barbershop in My Darling Clementine. Brother Ethan meanwhile is more animated, providing a more compact, roving vertical in the middle distance to balance the supine Joel, and tittering where Joel is prone to drawl. And yes, they do finish each other's sentences. Sort of. Like this, for instance, in answer to the question "How many animals have you killed in your movies?
Ratcheting up the tension
No Country for Old Men - Interview with Tommy Lee Jones (2007)
While many filmmakers and actors complain publicly about having to do junkets and interviews, they secretly enjoy talking about themselves. Not since Anthony Hopkins first portrayed Hannibal Lector have I been so completely mesmerized by a screen villain. The movie begins when Llewelyn Moss Josh Brolin finds a pickup truck filled with heroin and two million dollars in cash. The truck is surrounded by dead men. When Moss decides to take the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law — in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell Tommy Lee Jones — can contain. As Moss tries to evade his pursuers — in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives Javier Bardem — he can only hope to outrun the people chasing him.
Sign in. Watch now. Title: No Country for Old Men Dude, let's go bowling. Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.