No Country For Old Men

Posted by Abbie on February 8, 2008 under Achive

Ugh. Not good. I know it’s nominated for more than one prestigious award, but I honestly am not sure why. I knew not to expect what I have come to know as a typical Coen Brothers film, but I did expect the typical Coen Brothers genius. I shouldn’t have. The plot is weak, and only loosely held together by fact that the same air-gun-wielding guy shows up everywhere.

In this modern take on a western, a man stumbles onto the remains of a drug run gone bad and, instead of doing what any decent person would do, he takes the guns and money he finds and goes on his merry way. The person who was supposed to end up with the money, Anton, wasn’t too happy about that. Surprise, surprise. Anton then proceeds to hunt down his money relentlessly, killing anyone who gets in his way, and sometimes simply because he wants to. Tommy Lee Jones plays a sheriff who tries to help, but really can’t. That’s honestly the whole movie right there.

The main question that sprung to mind over and over throughout this film was: Does forensic evidence not exist in Texas? Sure, the film takes place in 1980, but in 1980 I’m fairly sure the sciences of fingerprints, blood groups, and footprints were pretty well established – even in Texas. Oh, and I’m also thinking that border patrol between the United States and Mexico is just a tad tighter than this film suggests (i.e. if you were going to try and walk by the border patrol office covered in blood and carrying a suspicious, big black case, I doubt you’d make it very far).

There is also the issue that the film has no real ending. By that I mean there’s no resolution. Sometimes ambiguous endings can be fantastic – this one just made me more bitter about the two hours of life I had just spent and would never get back. If you’re in the mood for a Coen Brothers movie, my advice is to stay at home with a bottle of wine and watch O Brother, Where Art Thou?. If it’s the western outlaw thing you’re after, still stay home with a bottle of wine, but watch Stagecoach instead.


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