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Saturday, January 19, 2008

No Country for Old Men: Review

Simply put, Cormac McCarthy is a living legend among the authors of our time. He is a man that writes with passion, but he never treads gently in the process. His words have a dark quality about them that is both beautiful and unforgiving. I am still haunted by his latest novel, The Road, that I read months ago.
When I watched the trailer of No Country for Old Men, I became immensely excited. Why? Because it is based on one of McCarthy's masterpieces, and it is deftly directed by no other than the Coen Brothers. After watching the film, I can safely say that it is the best film of 2007.

The story is about Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), an average guy who stumbles on a bag of two million dollars in a murder scene out in the desert. He gets tempted and decides to take the money. Little did he know that two sides will move fast to track him and claim that bag of cash at any cost. Then, all hell breaks loose, and the thrilling ride begins. The star of the film is Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a psychopath who represents one of the two parties pursuing Moss. He is one of the scariest characters I've seen in a long time. You will be fascinated by what he does in order to bring the money back.

The film is deeply satisfying on many levels. The actors did a superb job, and the cinematography is amazing. There are moments in the film that will send shivers up and down your spine, and will make the hair on the back of your neck stands.

If you haven't watched the film yet, go watch it.

1 comment:

kinzi said...

Lulu, The Road still haunts me too. I'll keep an eye out fo rthis one.

I heard Viggo Mortensen was approached to play the character of the father in the film version of The Road. Ooooooo. :)


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