R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for strong graphic violence and some language
Working with the scenes; The Making Of No Country For Old Men; Diary Of A Country Sheriff
Tommy Lee Jones ... Ed Tom Bell
Javier Bardem ... Anton Chigurh
Josh Brolin ... Llewelyn Moss
Woody Harrelson ... Carson Wells
Kelly Macdonald ... Carla Jean Moss
Garret Dillahunt ... Wendell
Tess Harper ... Loretta Bell
Barry Corbin ... Ellis
The storyline follows Vietnam vet Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin "American Gangster") who's looking to shoot an antelope for dinner, and stumbles instead upon a deadly massacre scene on a deserted Texas plain. He spots a ring of pickup trucks surrounded by a bunch of dead bodies, a residue of heroin and over $2 million in cash in a suitcase. After deciding to keep the loot, Llewelyn leaves the scene as he found it, littered with dead bodies and returns to his motor court home and his loyally naïve wife, Carla Jean (Kelly MacDonald "Finding Neverland"). He tells her to leave immediately and go visit her mother and takes off on the run with the suitcase.
After the local Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones "The Fugitive") and his deputy (Garret Dillahunt "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford") find the killing fields and Llewelyn's abandoned pickup, the sheriff visits Llewelyn's motor home finding only Carla Jean, cautioning her “At what point would you stop looking for your two million dollars?”
Then the film cuts to Llewelyn relentlessly being hunted in scene after scene by faceless Mexicans, a dog (in one of the more memorable chase scenes) and finally the merciless assassin Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem "The Sea Inside") pursuing the missing cash. It's a breathless cat-and-mouse chase, soon complicated by an additional pursuer, Carson Wells (Woody Harrelson "The People vs. Larry Flynt") who's been enlisted to hunt down the money and return it to the original dealmaker.
It is Javier Bardem who gives the film it's most unforgettable moments in a terrifying and absolutely riveting performance. Pale as a vampire and using few words, Anton carries with him a cattle stunner and a number of coins that he carries with him, using them only to decide someone’s fate; the only chance he will give his hapless victims.
Directors Joel and Ethan Coen ("Fargo") have made their best movie in years. Sadly the film arrives at an ending that feels strangely anti-climactic, perhaps by being too faithful to the original novel by Cormac McCarthy. But with its mixture unforgettable scenes, gripping suspense, intelligent dialogue, laugh-out-loud moments of humor and compelling performances, this is undoubtably a cinematic masterpiece.