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No Country for Old Men: A Classic Western Masterpiece

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“No Country for Old Men,” the 2007 drama/crime film directed by the Coen brothers, at first seems like any other western film, but its uniqueness sets it apart from all others.  

The main character, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), is a vietnam vet turned cowboy that stumbles upon the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong.  All that is left there is a ton of heroin, plenty of bodies and two million dollars.  Moss can’t help himself and takes the money, putting him on the radar of the ruthless psychopathic assassin Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem).  With Chigurh on his tail and a wise Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) trying to help him, Moss has to do whatever he can to stay alive and keep the money.

A strength of the film is its ability to keep you on the edge of your seat for the full 123 minutes.  Whenever Chigurh is around, there is always lots of suspense due to his nature.  

What’s also great is this movie’s unique take on a western film.  There is not a clear hero and villain and “No Country for Old Men” will have you thinking over and over again about what just happened.  

However, what could be a strength for some could also be a weakness for others.  The plot can be really unclear at times and that may not be enjoyable for you.

I would highly recommend this film to anyone that enjoys an action packed film but also cares for deeper meanings at heart.

Overall, I would rate the film a 4.5 out of 5 stars for its amazing suspense, nonstop action and ability to make you think.

 

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